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Coloxyl with Senna

Generic Name: Docusate sodium; Sennosides A and B
Product Name: Coloxyl with Senna


Used to treat constipation of many types, including:

  • Mild constipation (short-term relief).
  • Constipation of pregnancy
  • Severe constipation (to soften the impacted faeces).
  • Can be used to prevent constipation or straining in patients with:
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hernias
  • Fissures or perianal abscess
  • Vaginal wounds from childbirth
  • Recent heart attack.


The two components of Coloxyl with Senna work differently:

  • Coloxyl (docusate sodium) causes more water to move from the body into the colon, softening the stool.
  • Senna works by causing bowel muscles to become more active, thereby helping evacuate the stools.

Dose advice

  • 1-2 tablets at night.
  • Up to four tablets daily if needed.



Common side effects

  • Abdominal discomfort (e.g: cramps or colic).- Flatulence.

Uncommon side effects

Prolonged use or overdose may result in:

  • Diarrhea
  • Water and salt imbalance, especially potassium loss
  • Hypersenstivity to Coloxyl may be seen

For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970

Created by: myVMC