Senokot is a brand product that contains Senna (sennoside B), which is a type of stimulant laxative. It stimulates bowel movement by increasing the activity of the intestines, hence used to treat constipation. Senokot normally works in 8-12 hours.
Senokot is taken orally as tablets. Dose can be repeated on a daily basis until bowel action is restored.
For adults and children over 12:
2-4 tablets once at bedtime, in order to have a bowel movement the next morning. Initially, start at a low dose and slowly increase.
For children between 6-12:
1-2 tablets once at bedtime, in order to have a bowel movement the next morning. Initially, start at a low dose and slowly increase.
Common side effects of Senokot include stomach discomfort and diarrhoea.
People who are allergic to any component of Senokot.
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In Hong Kong, Senokot is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Senokot in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.