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Docusate and sennoside B

dok-yoo-sate and sen-o-side bee

What does it do?

Docusate and sennoside B is used to treat and prevent constipation.

How should you take it?

Take docusate and sennoside B as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

If you take docusate and sennoside B regularly and it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with docusate and sennoside B including:

  • anti-diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide (e.g. Imodium®)
  • other laxatives – discuss this with your pharmacist

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Stomach cramps, diarrhoea

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have other stomach or bowel problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Do not use docusate and sennoside B for longer than 1 week unless told to by your doctor.
  • If you have noticed a change in bowel habit that continues for longer than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor before taking docusate and sennoside B.
  • Sennoside B may make your pee and bowel motions an orange-red colour - this is harmless.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking docusate and sennoside B.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed