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Medicines for urination problems and constipation caused by multiple sclerosis

Urination problems

Urination problems are a common occurrence for some people with multiple sclerosis (MS). For the sudden need to urinate, frequent urination, and the inability to hold urine (urinary incontinence), propantheline, oxybutynin (Ditropan), or tolterodine (Detrol) may be prescribed.

Constipation

Bulk agents such as psyllium (Metamucil), with or without a stool softener, may relieve constipation. A high-fiber diet and regular, moderate exercise may also help prevent or relieve constipation.

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Talk to your doctor before using a laxative on a regular basis (one time a day). In some people, using a laxative every day may be helpful. Only the lowest effective dose of a laxative should be used if chronic constipation is present. Most doctors do not recommend using a laxative every day, because you can become dependent on them (meaning that you may not be able to have a regular bowel movement without taking a laxative).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
Last Revised February 18, 2010

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Last Updated: February 18, 2010
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