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Is Senna OK to Take If I Have Kidney Disease

Is Senna OK to Take If I Have Kidney DiseaseSenna is one common herb, and its leaves and fruits can be made into medicines. For kidney disease patients, they may experience more and more problems and complications with the progress of their illness condition. Is senna OK to take with kidney disease? When can these patients use it?

Effects of senna

In clinic, senna is usually used as laxative, because senna contains many sennosides that can irritate the lining of the bowel. Therefore, the biggest effect of senna is to treat constipation.

Senna and kidney disease

Constipation is one symptoms of kidney disease especially end stage renal disease, and there are three reasons for this problem.

1. Restricted fluid intake: When kidneys can’t produce enough urine, patients are recommended to control the fluid intake. Lack of fluid is more likely to cause constipation.

2. Low-fiber diet: Fiber is one substance that can makes patients’ bowel smoothly. For people with kidney disease, restricted diet plan may cause low-fiber diet, thus resulting in constipation.

3. Electrolyte imbalance: With the decline of kidney function, high potassium, high phosphorus, low calcium, etc, occurs easily. Then, this may provoke constipation easily.

If patients’ constipation is caused by the first two causes, patients should modify their diet plan and lifestyle timely. If this doesn’t work, kidney patients can try senna. However, patients should pay highly attention to the dose of senna and the frequency of using it. This is because senna may cause some side effects for kidney disease patients.

Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, allergic reaction to senna leaves, gastrointestinal disorders, etc, are common side effects of senna. Therefore, for kidney disease patients’ safety and health, they are recommended to consult the doctor online firstly, before they determine to take it to ease their constipation.

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