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What is Bethanechol used for?

Bethanechol is used to treat urinary retention resulting from surgery, drugs, post-delivery of a baby, or weakness in certain bladder muscles. Bethanechol is also used to treat nerve problems in the urinary bladder. Bethanechol works by stimulating the bladder muscle to contract and this improves urine flow, thereby relieving difficulties in urinating or emptying the bladder completely.

Bethanechol may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Bethanechol?

Like other medicines, Bethanechol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Bethanechol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Bethanechol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Bethanechol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Bethanechol can cause side effects such as headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, flushing, sweating and watery eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Bethanechol.

What is the recommended dosage of Bethanechol?

The dosage of Bethanechol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Bethanechol by mouth on an empty stomach.

What if you miss a dose of Bethanechol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Bethanechol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Bethanechol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Bethanechol, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Bethanechol may include nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing and abdominal pain.

What other drugs could interact with Bethanechol?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Bethanechol.

Bethanechol can interact with the following types of medicines: high blood pressure medications.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Bethanechol, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Bethanechol?

Is it possible for me to take Bethanechol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Bethanechol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Bethanechol?
How will Bethanechol work in my body?
How should Bethanechol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Bethanechol drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Bethanechol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Before taking Bethanechol, inform your doctor if you have allergies, heart problems, low blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's disease, stomach/intestinal problems and overactive thyroid.


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