Bethanecol is prescribed to address specific bladder issues, such as difficulty urinating or incomplete bladder emptying resulting from various factors like surgery or bladder muscle disorders. It functions by enhancing the contraction capability of the bladder muscle, consequently improving your capacity to urinate.
Uses and Dosage
Bethanechol is typically available in tablet form for oral administration. The usual dosing frequency for bethanechol is two to four times a day.
Ensure that you take bethanechol precisely as directed, avoiding both underuse and overuse beyond the prescribed frequency set by your doctor.
Bethanechol is typically administered at regular intervals throughout the day.
To prevent stomach discomfort, take this medication on an empty stomach, specifically at least one hour before or two hours after meals.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- upset stomach
- sweating or flushing
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- shortness of breath
- slow heart rate (pulse less than 50 beats per minute)
Before beginning bethanechol, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, as this product could contain inactive ingredients that might trigger allergic reactions or other issues.
Prior to using this medication, you should disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist. This should include any recent stomach, intestinal, or bladder surgeries, as well as any stomach or intestinal problems like ulcers, blockages, or spasms. Information about peritonitis, bladder blockages, vagotonia, hyperthyroidism, lung ailments such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart conditions like coronary artery disease or bradycardia (slow heartbeat), seizure disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and blood pressure issues should also be provided.
This medication may induce dizziness, and the use of alcohol or marijuana can exacerbate this effect. Activities requiring alertness, such as driving or operating machinery, should be avoided while using bethanechol.
If you are pregnant, bethanechol should only be used when absolutely necessary, and a discussion about the potential risks and benefits should be held with your doctor.
Whether this drug passes into breast milk is uncertain. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before proceeding.
Form and Strength
Urecholine is available in the following forms and strengths:
How long does Urecholine take to work?
Urecholine starts working within 30 minutes from the time you take it. You should feel the full effects within 60 to 90 minutes.
How often will I need to take Urecholine?
You will likely need to take bethanechol 3 or 4 times a day. When you first start taking the medication, your provider might ask you to take a dose every hour, up to a total amount of 50 mg, to find the right dose that works best for you.