Medicinal Treatments Category

Medicinal Treatment

Welcome to the medicinal treatments section where you can find information about some of the medications used to treat bladder and bowel conditions.

Here you will find advice on:

  • Antispasmodic medications to treat urinary incontinence
  • Laxatives and enemas
  • Antimotility medication
  • Antibiotic treatments
  • Injectable therapies
  • Medicines specific to your condition

Medicinal treatments will usually be offered to you by your GP if conservative methods haven’t been effective enough alone to treat your condition. It is important to follow the instructions of any medications prescribed by your GP or Healthcare Practitioner. As with any medication, some people may experience side effects. It is important to inform your GP if you do suffer from any side effects.

Please note that the information contained within these pages are a guide only. Your GP will be able to advise on the best methods of treatment for your condition. Please speak to your GP or Healthcare Practitioner before undertaking any of these treatments.

Oestrogen Therapy

As the name suggests, HRT works by replacing oestrogen, which naturally begins to fall in the approach to menopause, causing menopausal symptoms. The menopause normally happens between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can occur earlier or…

Alpha Blockers

We have listed here some of the bladder conditions and symptoms for which alpha blockers may be prescribed by your GP or health professional. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia  - some types of alpha blockers are prescribed to prevent hormones…

Injectable Treatments

Injectable Treatments are a less invasive treatment option to help improve the lives of people suffering from faecal incontinence and they offer an alternative to major surgery. They are often suitable for those who have not seen benefit…

Creams and Ointments

Creams and ointments are a conservative treatment for haemorrhoids and can help soothe any inflammation or swelling around the anus, as well as helping with any itching or discomfort.


There are a number of different suppositories available. Suppositories are placed directly into the back passage and prompt the bowel to want to empty usually within 20-40 minutes. They can be used to help relieve occasional constipation…


If you have been diagnosed with haemorrhoids you may be prescribed a Corticosteroid cream (medication that contains steroids) which can be used to help reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with haemorrhoids. These types of creams…


The treatment for faecal impaction aims to clear the impacted faeces out by oral or rectal medicines or by administering an enema. Once cleared out, you should monitor your bowel movements carefully to ensure you don't get constipated and…


Antispasmodic medicines relax the intestinal muscles and help to slow down bowel movements to relieve diarrhoea. These medicines tend to be used to ease the symptoms of IBS and can help to relieve abdominal pain and cramping, especially if…

Sclerotherapy Injections

If you have been diagnosed with haemorrhoids (piles) you may be offered Sclerotherapy injections as an alternative to banding where the haemorrhoid is too small to band. This is a common conservative treatment for smaller, internal…

Anal Irrigation

Anal irrigation, also known as bowel irrigation, trans-anal irrigation or rectal irrigation is a unique way of emptying the lower bowel and is used to prevent faecal incontinence, chronic constipation or simply as a method of bowel…