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Can I smoke if I have multiple sclerosis and have the urge to go to the bathroom?

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Don't smoke. Nicotine is another bladder irritant. If you smoke, ask your doctor for advice on nicotine replacement products, medicines, and other methods to help you quit.

From: Tame Your Bladder When You Have MS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction."

Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand: "Multiple Sclerosis and Your Bladder and Bowel: 3rd Edition."

National Association for Continence: "Bladder Irritants in Your Diet."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Bladder Problems," "Urinary Dysfunction & MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction."

Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand: "Multiple Sclerosis and Your Bladder and Bowel: 3rd Edition."

National Association for Continence: "Bladder Irritants in Your Diet."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Bladder Problems," "Urinary Dysfunction & MS."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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