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In urinary retention, if the sphincter fails to relax as bethanechol contracts the bladder, urine may be forced up the ureter into the kidney pelvis. If there is bacteriuria, this may cause reflux infection.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Pregnancy Category C. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with bethanechol chloride. It is also not known whether bethanechol chloride (bethanechol) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. bethanechol chloride (bethanechol) should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
It is not known whether this drug is secreted in human milk. Because many drugs are secreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from bethanechol chloride (bethanechol) in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking Into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
Last reviewed on RxList: 5/28/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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