Care Senna 7.5mg Tablets 12 Years Plus
Care Senna 7.5 mg Tablets 12 Years Plus contain Senna, a stimulant laxative that provides short-term relief from occasional constipation in adults and children from 12 years. Stimulant laxatives do not reduce the absorption of calories or nutrients therefore this medicine does not help with weight loss.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner if you are not sure.
New users should start with the lowest dose and increase it to the maximum if necessary. Once regularity has been regained dosage should be reduced and stopped. The recommended dose is:
Adults and the elderly: Take two tablets at bedtime when required.
Children over 12 years: One tablet at bedtime when required.
Swallow tablets whole with water.
Normally it is sufficient to take this medicinal product up to two to three times a week. Not to be used for more than one week. Consult your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner after taking this medicine if symptoms worsen or persist, if there is no bowel movement within 3 days of use or if you need to take laxatives every day or if abdominal pain persists.
If you take more tablets than you should, stop taking the medicine and consult your doctor and take the leaflet with you, even if you do not experience any symptoms.
Active Ingredient: Alexandrian Senna fruit (Cassia senna L. (C.acutifolia Delile) fruit) corresponding to 7.5mg hydroxyanthracene glycosides, calculated as Sennoside B.
Other Ingredients: Magnesium Stearate, Fennel Seed, Croscarmellose Sodium, Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Dihydrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica.
When administering this product to incontinent adults, pads should be changed more frequently to prevent extended skin contact with faeces.
Do not take Care Senna 7.5mg Tablets 12 Years Plus:
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine.
- If you have blockage or narrowing of the gastro-intestinal tract or bowel (ileus, intestinal obstruction or stenosis).
- If you have paralysis or lack of muscle tone in the bowel (atony).
- If you have appendicitis.
- If you have inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
- If you have persistent or undiagnosed abdominal complaints e.g. pain, nausea or vomiting.
- If you have faecal impaction or rectal bleeding for which you don't know the cause, or blood in stools.
- If you have already taken a laxative and are still constipated.
- If you have had a sudden change in bowel habit that lasted for more than 2 weeks.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you have severe dehydration.
- If you are under 12 years of age.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner before taking Care Senna 7.5mg Tablets 12 Years Plus:
- If you suffer from kidney disorders.
- If you are taking medicines for a heart condition (e.g. cardiac glycosides, antiarrhythmic medicines e.g. quinidine), medicines inducing QT prolongation, diuretics, adrenocorticosteroids or liquorice root preparations.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines, including those listed above and any medicines obtained without a prescription.
It may be harmful to take too much of this medicine or take it for too long. This is because it may lead to:
- A 'lazy bowel', where the muscle in the bowel becomes too relaxed. This means that bowel emptying happens less often. This can lead to long-term constipation.
- Imbalance of fluids and salts in the body. This can affect the tightness of muscles such as those in the bowel. It can also affect the salts in the blood.
- Low levels of potassium in the blood (called 'hypokalaemia'). This can make you tired, dizzy, make your muscles weak and cause uneven heartbeat.
- Dehydration, making you thirsty, feel faint and giving you headaches. It can also mean you cannot pass enough urine.