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This powerful laxative combines the power of a stool softener and a stimulant laxative to get those bowel movements kicking. This medicine is meant to provide overnight relief and takes 6 to 12 hours to work.
How does it work? Our Stool Softener & Laxative comes in the form of tablets. Each tablet includes two active ingredients – 8.6 mg of Sennosides (the stimulant) and 50 mg of Docusate Sodium (stool softening drug). The purpose of using both is to have them compliment the effects of one another. The Docusate Sodium helps reduce the surface tension of the stool that’s still inside your intestines, encouraging absorption of moisture. This makes it softer and easier to pass. Meanwhile, the Sennosides (a laxative extracted from the Senna plant) irritates the intestinal walls, causing contractions, which aids in moving the (now soft) stool.
What should I know about it? While this medicine can be acquired OTC, there are certain precautions that you must take. First and foremost, if you’re currently taking mineral oil (a natural laxative), don’t take this medicine unless your doctor says so. Furthermore, if you’re suffering from stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or you’ve been noticing a change in your bowel habits for the past two weeks, consult a physician before taking this laxative. Finally, after taking this medicine, if you experience rectal bleeding or the constipation persists, contact your physician immediately.
Compares to: This product compares to the active ingredients found in Senokot-S®.
Best for: People who need a quick and powerful overnight relief against constipation (such as those who are about to travel).