Frequently Asked Questions
SENOKOT® LAXATIVE TABLETS
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT® PRODUCTS?
Taking Senokot® at bedtime is recommended to help relieve constipation overnight. Refer to the Senokot® package for dosing instructions. Whenever you are unsure about what to do, please call your physician or pharmacist for advice.
HOW LONG SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT®?
Do not use Senokot® for longer than one week without checking with your doctor.
CAN I TAKE SENOKOT® IF I’M PREGNANT?
If pregnant or breast-feeding, please ask your healthcare professional before use.
HOW LONG HAVE SENOKOT® LAXATIVES BEEN AVAILABLE?
For over 55 years, physicians and pharmacists have trusted and customers have relied on the Senokot® family of laxatives.
WHAT CAUSES CONSTIPATION?
Often constipation is simply the result of “not enough”: not drinking enough fluids, not including enough fiber in our diet. Other times, constipation is the result of just “too much”: too much intake of unhealthy or processed foods.
Many people are unaware that constipation is also associated with many prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Ignoring Bowel Movements
If you ignore the urge to have a bowel movement over time, you may stop feeling the need to have one. You may delay having a bowel movement because you do not want to use toilets outside of your home, do not have access to a toilet, or may feel you are too busy. This habit can lead to constipation.
WHO GETS CONSTIPATION?
Constipation can affect anyone, at any age. About 63 million people say they have issues with constipation. Constipation affects almost everyone at some point in their lives.1
So if you’re an occasional sufferer you’re certainly not alone. And the good news is, no matter what your age or situation, you can do something to help avoid and ease your constipation.
Following childbirth, many women experience constipation due to a slowdown of the digestive system and a temporary reduction of muscle tone in the abdomen. In addition, discomfort from surgical incisions may require pain medicines, some of which can cause constipation.
No matter what your age or physical condition, business or vacation travel can disrupt your regular eating, sleeping, and normal bowel routines. The search for a toilet in an unfamiliar place can cause you to postpone the urge to go to the bathroom. When packing for a trip, be sure to take along a laxative just in case you develop a temporary problem with constipation.
Along with all the other benefits of exercise, add one more: it can help you avoid constipation. Sedentary people are simply more prone to problems with constipation than the physically active. Since exercise is so important, ask your doctor to recommend a fitness routine that suits your needs.
Patients Taking Certain Medications
Constipation may be associated with many prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Patients Recovering From Surgery
New medications or inadequate physical activity are both factors that contribute to constipation after surgery. Your physician may recommend a laxative if you are recovering from surgery and having problems with constipation.
1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Constipation. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/constipation. Accessed July, 2017
ARE THERE MEDICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTIPATION?
Many prescription and commonly used, over-the-counter medications can disrupt your digestive system.
Sometimes constipation is just a short-term problem that occurs as your body adjusts to a new medication. In other instances, constipation is a side effect that may not lessen over time.
Do not use laxative products for longer than one week unless directed by a doctor.
ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
- Do not use for longer than one week without checking with your doctor.
- Do not use laxative products when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting is present unless directed by a physician.
- If you have noticed a sudden change in bowel movements that persists over a period of two weeks, consult a physician before using a laxative. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a serious condition; discontinue use and consult your physician.
- If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using these products. In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.
- Keep out of children’s reach.
- Do not use Senokot-S® if you are now taking mineral oil, unless told to do so by a healthcare professional.
SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES
WHAT ARE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES?
Senokot® Laxative Gummies are a chewable laxative dietary supplement product for occasional constipation relief.* Senokot® gummies contain senna leaf extract from natural senna plants. They support gentle, overnight relief from occasional constipation when taken at bedtime. Senna generally helps support a bowel movement in 6-12 hours.*
HOW LONG SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES?
Adults (and children 6 years of age and older, under adult supervision) may take Senokot® Laxative Gummies until they have the desired effect. Do not use Senokot® Laxative Gummies for longer than one week without checking with your doctor. Please read full label before use.
SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES DAILY?
You should only take Senokot® Laxative Gummies when you are experiencing occasional constipation. Do not exceed the recommended daily amount or use this supplement for longer than a week without consulting a doctor. Please read the full label before use.
CAN MY CHILD TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES?
Children 6-11 years can chew 2 gummies, up to 2 times daily , under adult supervision. Children 12 years and older can chew 4 gummies, up to two times daily. Under 6 years: do not use. Please read the full label before use.
CAN I TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES IF I AM TAKING MEDICATION?
If you take any medications, consult a healthcare professional before use.
CAN I TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES IF I AM NURSING OR PREGNANT?
If you are nursing or pregnant, consult a healthcare professional before use.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE SENOKOT® LAXATIVE GUMMIES TO WORK?
For overnight relief, take before bedtime. Senna generally helps support a bowel movement in 6-12 hours. Please read the full label before use.
SENOKOT® KIWI BALANCETM
WHAT IS KIWI BALANCE™?
Kiwi BalanceTM is a dietary supplement that works naturally with your body to help optimize your digestive health.* Kiwi BalanceTM dietary supplement contains Kiwi ZyactionTM, a proprietary multi-action blend of freeze-dried kiwifruit pulp naturally containing enzyme and prebiotics.
IS KIWI BALANCE™ A LAXATIVE?
Kiwi Balance™ is not a laxative. It is a dietary supplement that helps support digestive health and regularity with freeze-dried natural kiwifruit pulp. When taken daily, it is clinically proven to help support regularity, in as little as 2 weeks.
WHO SHOULD TAKE KIWI BALANCE™?
Kiwi BalanceTM is for anyone looking for a proactive, daily supplement to support digestive health and regularity and to help relieve occasional constipation without bloating or gas.* If you’re allergic to kiwifruit, however, it is not right for you.
HOW DOES KIWI BALANCE™ HELP MAINTAIN DIGESTIVE HEALTH?
Kiwi BalanceTM is a dietary supplement containing freeze-dried kiwifruit pulp with natural enzyme and prebiotics. When taken daily, Kiwi ZyactionTM is clinically proven to support digestive health and regularity and help relieve occasional constipation without bloating or gas, in as little as 2 weeks.*
WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS AND ENZYMES?
Prebiotics are substances that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. Enzymes are catalysts that help break down substances and aid in digestion.
DOES KIWI BALANCE™ HELP WITH OCCASIONAL CONSTIPATION?
Kiwi BalanceTM is clinically proven to improve regularity, in as little as two weeks, when taken daily. Kiwi BalanceTM is not a laxative and it does not contain senna.
WHAT FORM DOES KIWI BALANCE™ COME IN?
Kiwi BalanceTM comes in chewable tablet form.
HOW OFTEN DO I TAKE KIWI BALANCE™?
For best results, chew 2-4 tablets of Kiwi BalanceTM daily.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR KIWI BALANCE™ TO WORK?
Kiwi BalanceTM generally helps improve regularity in as little as 2 weeks. Regularity can continue to improve with use beyond 2 weeks.
CAN MY CHILD TAKE KIWI BALANCE™?
Kiwi BalanceTM is intended for adults.
CAN I TAKE KIWI BALANCE™ IF I AM PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING?
If pregnant or nursing consult a healthcare professional before use.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE KIWI BALANCE™ DAILY?
Yes, Kiwi BalanceTM is meant to be taken daily. For best results, chew 2-4 tablets daily.
SENOKOT® GINGER CARETM
WHAT IS GINGER CARE™?
Ginger CareTM is a dietary supplement made from natural ginger root extract that provides digestive support and helps to relieve occasional upset stomach and nausea.*
WHO SHOULD TAKE GINGER CARE™?
Ginger CareTM is intended for those who are seeking relief from occasional upset stomach and nausea.*
HOW DOES GINGER CARE™ HELP WITH UPSET STOMACH AND NAUSEA?
Ginger CareTM offers a natural remedy for upset stomach and nausea using real ginger root extract to help soothe upset stomach.
WHAT FORM DOES GINGER CARE™ COME IN?
Ginger CareTM comes in a convenient tablet form with a hint of ginger taste.
HOW OFTEN DO I TAKE GINGER CARE™?
For best results, take 1-2 tablets twice daily, as needed.
CAN MY CHILD TAKE GINGER CARE™?
Ginger CareTM is intended for adult use.
CAN I TAKE GINGER CARE™ IF I AM PREGNANT/BREASTFEEDING?
If pregnant or nursing consult a healthcare professional before use.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE GINGER CARE™ DAILY?
Yes, 1-2 tablets of Ginger CareTM can be taken daily, as needed.
CAN GINGER CARE™ BE CHEWED?
Ginger CareTM is intended to be swallowed whole with water.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.