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Senokot laxative tablet is a laxative made with senna treated especially to yield a constant amount of active ingredient in each dose. It is a laxative that is gentle on the bowel.
Senokot Laxative Stool Softener Works in 8-12 hours.
Senokot laxative tablets contain the active ingredient senna, which is a type of medicine called a stimulant laxative. (NB. Senna is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.).
How Senokot Laxative Tablets Work?
Senna works by stimulating the nerve endings in the walls of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. This causes the muscles in the intestinal wall to contract more often and with increased force. When these muscles contract (a process known as peristalsis), this moves the contents of the intestine through the colon to the rectum so that the bowel can be emptied.
Senokot laxative tablets contains sennosides which are activated by the natural bacteria that are found in the colon, so it does not start working until it reaches this part of the gut. As senna increases the activity of the muscle in the gut it can cause stomach cramps.
How to take senokot laxative tablets?
Senokot tablets and syrup start to work eight to twelve hours after you take them. The recommended dose should be taken at night.