Bethanechol

Description

Bethanechol is used to treat difficulties in passing urine which may be caused by a surgery, medicines, or other factors.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Bethanechol

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Stomach pain

Uses of Bethanechol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Urinary retention
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 30 to 60 minutes of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If this medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is recommended.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to bethanechol.

Hyperthyroidism

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with hyperthyroidism due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Peptic Ulcer

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with peptic ulcer disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Bronchial asthma

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with bronchial asthma due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Hypotension

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with hypotension due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Coronary artery disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with coronary artery disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Epilepsy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with epilepsy due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Parkinson's Disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with Parkinson's disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If this medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is recommended.
General warnings

Drowsiness

Since this medicine may make you drowsy, it is recommended that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery during treatment with this medicine.

Use in children

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in children since the safety and efficacy are not clinically established. Close monitoring of children for any side effects is recommended. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine in children.

Bacterial infection

During treatment with this medicine, if the sphincter fails to relax, urine may be forced up the ureter into the kidney and may cause a bacterial infection. Close monitoring of the patients for any signs or symptoms of infection is recommended. Appropriate corrective measures and replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Bethanechol is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Tramadol

Quinidine

Atropine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Bethanechol as instructed by the doctor. It is advised to take this medicine on an empty stomach, preferably 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken on an empty stomach

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
Bethanechol increases the contraction of the bladder and improves urine flow.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous genitourinary tract agents

Schedule

N/A

Bethanechol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01019

Bethanechol: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682849.html

DailyMed - Bethanechol chloride tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a5138965-a698-413c-9981-d25313caa02e

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Toxnet [Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 22 August 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~vTv97x:4

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Information on this page was last updated on 5 Sep 2017

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