How to Relieve Constipation in Multiple Sclerosis With Dulcolax
Many multiple sclerosis patients will suffer from bouts of bowel dysfunction and in particular, constipation and seek their doctor’s advice on how to relieve the symptoms. Dulcolax (bisacodyl) is an over-the-counter stimulant laxative medication that MS patients can take to help them get their bowels moving again.
Constipation is the most common bowel complaint MS patients have. MS can interrupt the signals the brain sends when a person needs to have a bowel movement. While many can manage constipation through a diet that is rich in fiber from fruit, vegetables, whole grains and plenty of water, occasionally they may need to take a laxative such as Dulcolax to soften the stools and make them easier to pass. Bisacodyl is available in tablet and suppository form.
However, stimulant laxatives may cause side effects that MS patients may find uncomfortable such as stomach cramps and feeling faint. They shouldn’t be taken for more than a week or used in combination with other laxatives. In addition, patients should not take any antacid medication or drink milk as they will decrease the effectiveness of the medication.
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