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You CAN...Get control of bladder and bowel issues
Bladder and bowel accidents are embarrassing. The good news is you can manage these issues.

The Medical View
Respected MS healthcare professional discusses bowel and bladder problems

Toilet Problems Year by Year
"How come I felt like I had to go so often, and most of the time I did?"

The Search for a Unisex Bathroom
"The challenge of finding a unisex restroom is part of my life."

The Smallest Room in the House
Product and alteration suggestions for your "toilette."


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MS Learn Online presents
Managing Your Symptoms

Bladder Dysfunction
Bowel Dysfunction

Learn more about this and other webcasts

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation MS in Focus

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation's new magazine

Issue 2: Special Focus on Dealing with Bladder Problems (PDF)

Clinical Bulletins Clinical Bulletins

Print out the documents below and share it with your heathcare provider.
PDF format.

Bladder Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

Surgical Management of Bladder Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

Bowel Management in Multiple Sclerosis

Personal Care: Bladder and Bowel Problems


Most people with MS will experience some changes in their bladder and bowel functions. While these problems are fairly common, even in the early stages of MS, there are a variety of management strategies and medications available to help you deal with them comfortably.

If you have any problems with bladder or bowel function, including feelings of urgency, loss of control, frequent waking in the night, or feeling the need to void but nothing happens, see your doctor.

General Information
 Bladder Dysfunction: An Overview
 Controlling Bladder Problems in MS
Managing common MS bladder problems with self-help and medications
 Urinary Dysfunction and MS
Sophisticated explanation of treatments for MS-related urinary problems. Detailed descriptions of diagnostic testing, management strategies, and commonly prescribed drugs

Living with an MS Bladder
Four people, four stories


CAM and Bladder Issues
Dietary supplements, acupuncture, and biofeedback. What does the evidence say?


Using Catheters
Two people with MS with insight and practical tips

Did you know?

Although many people use cranberries to prevent urinary tract infections, these infections require immediate antibiotic treatment from a physician to get them under control quickly. Read more

 Bowel Dysfunction: An Overview
Contains guidelines for bowel regularity
 Bowel Problems in MS
Ways to manage common bowel problems in MS

Bathroom Safety and Convenience
 At Home with MS: Adapting Your Environment
Includes bathroom design suggestions
 Modifications for Work and Home
Information and resources for making life more comfortable and accessible at home or on the job
National database of assistive devices and rehabilitation equipment for people with disabilities
For Caregivers

A Guide for Caregivers
Contains some discussion of everyday activities

Medications Commonly Prescribed
Urinary Tract Infections Bladder Dysfunction Bowel Dysfunction

Bactrim; Septra


Hiprex; Mandelamine (methenamine)


Pyridium (phenazopyridine)


Detrol (tolterodine)


Ditropan XL
(oxybutynin chloride-extended release)

Enablex (darifenacin)

Flomax (tamsulosin)

Hytrin (terazosin)

Minipress (prazosin)

Oxytrol (Oxybutynin Transdermal System)


(trospium chloride)


(solifenacin succinate)

Urinary Frequency

DDAVP Nasal Spray (desmopressin)

DDAVP Tablets (desmopressin)

Colace (docusate)

Dulcolax (bisacodyl)

Enemeez® Mini Enema (docusate)

Fleet Enema® (sodium phosphate)

Phillips' Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)

Metamucil (psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid)

Mineral Oil

Sani-Supp suppository (glycerin)


Intrathecal Baclofen

Dantrium (dantrolene)


Last updated September 17, 2007  
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