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Dragees

 

Composition

1 gastric-juice-resistant tablet contains:

150-220 mg dried powdered extract from Tinnevelly senna fruits standardized to hydroxyanthracene derivatives calculated as sennoiside B.

 

Other Ingredients

Polyethylene glycol 6000, Liquid glucose, Microcrystalline cellulose, Polysorbate 80, Acacia gum, Magnesium stearate, Calcium carbonate, Talc, Sucrose, Lactose anhydrous, Titanium dioxide, Stearic acid, Hydrophobic colloidal silica, Methacrylic copolymer, Sodium carboxymethylcellulose, Montanglycolwax.

 

Mode of Action

Senna is a laxative by virtue of its main component, the anthracene derivatives Sennosides.

 

Indications

For short term use in cases of constipation of varying causes, conditions in need of easy bowel movements and for clearing or emptying the intestinal tract for diagnostic and therapeutic measures.

 

Contraindications

Ileus, inflammatory conditions of the intestine (e.g Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis) as well as abdominal pains of unknown cause and electrolyte imbalance. Also contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to preparation of Senna. Do not give to children under 12 years of age. Do not use during pregnancy and the lactation period.

 

Interactions with other Preparations

In the case of chronic abuse, a strengthening of the cardiac glycoside effect is possible as a result of hypokalaemia.

 

Simultaneous use with chloramphenicol can significantly reduce the laxative effect of Senna.

 

Dosage and Mode of Application

If not prescribed otherwise, 1-2 tablets to be swallowed with some liquid at bedtime. Stimulating laxatives should not be taken over a long period without consulting a physician.

 

Side Effects

Are dose dependent but rare.

a) abdominal pains

b) abdominal colic

c) tenesmus

d) nausea

e) belching

f) diarrhoea

g) may discolour urine or stools

Chronic intake of high doses can lead to hypokalaemia, albuminurica and haematuria.

 

Precautions

If condition persists for more than one week, please consult a physician.

Long term use is not advisable. In chronic cases of constipation, treatment with high fiber diet should be encouraged.

Frequent or prolonged use of this preparation may result in dependence towards the products and imbalanced electrolytes.

Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present.

The shelf life of the product is 3 years from the date of manufacture. Do not use after the expiry date.

Store below 25C.

Keep out of reach of children.

 

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