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Bethanechol Chloride Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Bethanechol chloride (Brand Name: Urecholine) is used to treat urinary retention (difficulty urinating), which may occur after surgery, after delivering a baby, and in other situations. It is a cholinergic agent and stimulates the bladder to empty. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, diarrhea, increased saliva/urination, sweating, flushing, watery eyes, or headache.
Dosage of bethanechol chloride is individualized, depending on the type and severity of the condition. The usual adult dose of bethanechol chloride ranges from 10 to 50 mg three or four times a day. Maximum dose is 50 mg. Bethanechol chloride may interact with donepezil, tacrine, quinidine, or procainamide. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, bethanechol chloride should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Bethanechol chloride Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking bethanechol and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
- shortness of breath, wheezing, or tightness in your chest.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bethanechol and talk to your doctor if you experience
- dizziness or drowsiness;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort;
- slow heartbeats followed by fast heartbeats;
- flushing or warmth about the face;
- sweating; or
- tearing eyes.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Bethanechol Chloride Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
To reduce dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, fast heartbeat, severe abdominal pain.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: trouble breathing.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Bethanechol Chloride FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Adverse reactions are rare following oral administration of bethanechol, but are more common following subcutaneous injection. Adverse reactions are more likely to occur when dosage is increased.
The following adverse reactions have been observed: Body as a Whole: malaise; Digestive: abdominal cramps or discomfort, colicky pain, nausea and belching, diarrhea, borborygmi, salivation; Renal: urinary urgency; Nervous System: headache; Cardiovascular: a fall in blood pressure with reflex tachycardia, vasomotor response; Skin: flushing producing a feeling of warmth, sensation of heat about the face, sweating; Respiratory: bronchial constriction, asthmatic attacks; Special Senses: lacrimation, miosis,
Causal Relationship Unknown
The following adverse reactions have been reported, and a causal relationship to therapy with bethanechol has not been established: Body as a Whole: malaise; Nervous System: seizures.
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