The syrup contains sennosides USP equivalent to a total sennoside content (calculated as sennoside B) of 7.5 mg per 5 ml.
Posology and method of administration
Senokot Syrup Pharmacy is for oral administration.
Adults, including the elderly and children over 12: Two to four 5 ml spoonfuls at night.
Children over 6 years: One to two 5 ml spoonfuls in 24 hours.
Children aged 2 to 6 years: Half to one 5 ml spoonful in 24 hours.
New users should start the lowest dose and increase, if necessary, by one half of the initial dose each day. Once regularity has been regained the dosage should be reduced and can usually be stopped.
If no bowel action has occurred after three days of progressively increased dosage, a medical examination should be considered.
Special warnings and precautions for use
If there is no bowel movement after three days consult a doctor.
If laxatives are needed every day or abdominal pain persists consult a doctor.
Each 5 ml of syrup can provide up to 3.2 kcal and this should be taken into account when treating diabetics.
Temporary mild griping may occur during adjustment of the dosage. Hypersensitivity reactions associated with the esters of hydroxybenzoates (parabens) may occur.
Where diarrhoea is severe, conservative measures are usually sufficient; generous amounts of fluid, especially fruit drinks, should be given
The sugar moiety of the sennosides is removed by bacteria in the large intestine releasing the active anthrone fraction. This stimulates peristalsis via the submucosal and myenteric nerve plexuses. Sennosides act in 8-12 hours.
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