Bethanechol Chloride Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 10/6/2020
Bethanechol Chloride Side Effects Center

What Is Bethanechol Chloride?

Bethanechol chloride (Brand Name: Urecholine) is a cholinergic agent and stimulates the bladder to empty used to treat urinary retention (difficulty urinating), which may occur after surgery, after delivering a baby, and in other situations. Bethanechol chloride is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Bethanechol Chloride?

Common side effects of bethanechol chloride include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • lightheadedness,
  • headache,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • abdominal cramps/pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • increased saliva or urination,
  • sweating,
  • flushing or warmth about the face,
  • watery eyes,
  • headache, or
  • slow heartbeats followed by fast heartbeats.

Tell your doctor if you have unlikely but serious side effects of bethanechol chloride including:

  • fainting,
  • fast heartbeat, or
  • severe abdominal pain.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have rare but very serious side effects of bethanechol chloride including trouble breathing.

Dosage for Bethanechol Chloride?

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.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Bethanechol Chloride?

Bethanechol chloride may interact with donepezil, tacrine, quinidine, or procainamide. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking.

Bethanechol Chloride During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, bethanechol chloride should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • slow heartbeats;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; or
  • wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing.

Common side effects may include:

  • an urgent need to urinate;
  • stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea;
  • burping, increased saliva;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • sweating, flushing (sudden warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • a general ill feeling; or
  • watery eyes, vision changes.

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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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.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Bethanechol Chloride (Bethanechol)

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