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Neurogenic Bowel

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by Mahnke D

(Bowel, Neurogenic)



Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Bowel Program

Your doctor will work with you to set up a bowel program. This program will help by:
  • Providing effective ways to have a bowel movement
  • Preventing bowel accidents
  • Establishing a predictable bowel movement schedule
With the program, you may:


The main types of medicines to treat neurogenic bowel include:
  • Stool softeners—soften the stool to make bowel movement easier
  • Colonic stimulants—stimulate the colon to move the stool through the digestive tract faster
  • Osmotic laxatives—pull water into the intestines to increase stool bulk
  • Bulk formers—increase stool bulk
The types of medicines you will take will depend on certain factors, such as the type of neurogenic bowel you have, other medicines you may be taking, and your diet.


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United Spinal Association



BC Health Guide

Canadian/American Spinal Research Organization



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