How do medications treat fecal incontinence?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Medications can treat your fecal incontinence in a number of ways. Anti-diarrheal drugs can lower your risk of accidents. If your fecal incontinence is the result of stool impaction, your doctor may prescribe stool softeners to prevent impaction from recurring. Laxatives can help treat fecal incontinence caused by chronic constipation. Other medications can treat fecal incontinence by reducing the amount of liquid in your stool, or by inhibiting your bowels' muscular contractions.

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