Uni-Cenna

Generic Name:Senna

Uni-Cenna is a botanical product available in over-the-counter medications that are often used as stimulant laxatives. This product is basically meant for the use of the children for age of 6 to 12. Some products can also be used to prepare the bowels for colonoscopies or other similar procedures. This medication is believed to work by irritating the lining of the digestive tract, which causes fluid secretion and helps stimulate movement through the colon. Uni-Cenna has the ingredient of Senna leaf and fruit which are natural products that are primarily used as a laxative for the treatment of constipation. There are many claimed uses of Uni-Cenna. The herbal product is said to be useful for treating irritable bowel syndrome, promoting weight loss, and various other conditions. Although Uni-Cenna is found in the form of sennosides has been shown to be effective for treating constipation and for preparing the bowel for colonoscopies or other similar procedures, not much evidence is available to support other uses of the product.

How to Use Uni-Cenna Tablets

  • Uni-Cenna is used as an approved non-prescription medication and comes in the form of syrup, liquid, tablets, and chewable tablets. It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
  • Because Uni-Cenna usually produces a laxative effect 8 to 10 hours after a dosage, it is often recommended to take it at bedtime.
  • If stool softening is also desired, combination products with both Uni-Cenna and docusate (a stool softener) are also available.

Cautions before Use Uni-Cenna Tablets

  • If overused, then Uni-Cenna can lead to electrolyte depletion. This can be especially dangerous for people who are dehydrated or who have heart disease.
  • Stimulant laxatives such as Uni-Cenna should never be used in an attempt to lose weight. Serious side effects such as electrolyte imbalances or liver problems could affect your conditions.
  • Do not take Uni-Cenna for an extended period of time unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so. If you have ongoing problems with constipation then do not forget to take the doctor’s advice before taking Uni-Cenna.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then take proper precaution or medical advice before taking Uni-Cenna.
  • Take proper precautions before taking Uni-Cenna if you have a bowel disorder such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • People with a heart disease should not take Uni-Cenna without any medical advice.

Uni-Cenna Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Uni-Cenna are as follows:

  • Finger clubbing (wide, flattened, shiny fingertips)
  • Low electrolytes
  • Joint problems
  • Liver damage, including hepatitis
  • Coma
  • Asthma
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Physical changes in the colon
  • Weakening and softening of the bones
  • Heart problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Signs of an allergic reaction
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Nausea

Interactions and Overdose of Uni-Cenna Tablets

If Uni-Cenna is taken with digoxin, warfarin, or certain other medications, drug interactions could occur. Overuse of Uni-Cenna laxatives could cause problems for people taking digoxin and diuretics. There are reports that the laxative may also increase the risk of bleeding due to warfarin.

Taking an overdose of Uni-Cenna is likely to cause a strong laxative effect. Some of the symptoms that may appear include abdominal pain or cramping, diarrhea, and bloating. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can also occur as the result of severe diarrhea. Treatment for an overdose may involve supportive medical care.