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    Information about Bethanechol

    Bethanechol uses

    Bethanechol is used in the treatment of urinary retention. It helps to treat urinary retention (holding urine in the bladder) following an operation or after giving birth.

    How bethanechol works

    Bethanechol is a muscarinic agonist. It works by making the contraction of urinary bladder muscle sufficiently strong to initiate urination and empty the bladder.

    Common side effects of bethanechol

    Nausea, Vomiting, Sweating, Intestinal colic
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    Written By
    Dr. Arpit Bhatnagar
    PGDHHM - Hospital and Healthcare Management, BDS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    Writing in Medical Sciences, Medical Writing, Advanced PG Diploma in Clinical Research
    Last updated on:
    25 Feb 2019 | 03:02 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Bethanechol

    • Bethanechol helps treat urinary retention (holding urine in the bladder) following an operation or after giving birth.
    • Take it on an empty stomach,  half an hour before food, to reduce the risk of feeling sick.
    • It may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Do not take it if you are pregnant, planning to conceive, or breastfeeding.

    Frequently asked questions for Bethanechol


    Q. How does Bethanechol helps in relieving the urine?

    Bethanechol acts on the urinary bladder and helps in relieving urine by contracting the muscle of the bladder. Thereby, facilitating the passing of urine.

    Q. How long does Bethanechol take to work?

    Bethanechol starts working within 90 minutes of taking this medicine, and its effect will last for 1 hour.

    Content on this page was last updated on 25 February, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)