Other Names: Duvoid, Myotonachol, Urabeth, Bethanechol

Why is this drug prescribed?
Bethanechol is used to relieve difficulties in urinating caused by surgery, drugs or other factors.

When should it be used?
Bethanechol is usually taken two to four times a day. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand. Bethanechol is usually taken at evenly spaced intervals during the day, with the last dose at least one hour before bedtime. Bethanechol begins to work within 30 to 90 minutes, and its effects can last up to six hours.

How should it be used?
Bethanechol comes in tablets and injection form. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
Keep all appointments with us. We will want to monitor the way your body responds to this medication and may need to adjust your dosage.

What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. If you remember a missed dose at the time you are scheduled to take the next one, take only the scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose.

What side effects can this drug cause? What can I do about them?
You may experience sweating, flushing of the skin, abdominal discomfort, salivation, or tearing of eyes. Contact us if these symptoms continue for more than two days or are severe. If you experience shortness of breath, fainting, or slow heart rate (pulse less than 50 beats per minute), contact us immediately. (We can show you how to measure your heart rate.)

What other precautions should I follow while using this drug?
If you have asthma, a bladder infection, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease, overactive thyroid, or ulcers, tell us. Bethanechol should not be taken if you are already taking certain drugs. Before you begin to take it, tell us what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are using, especially Procainamide, Quinidine and medications for colds or nasal congestion. This drug should not be taken by pregnant women. If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, consult us before taking Bethanechol. Bethanechol can affect certain blood test results. Remind us that you are taking this medication before any blood tests are ordered. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.