Bethanechol is used to treat urination problems which may occur after a surgery or after giving birth.
This medicine may also be used together with other medicines to treat reflux disease (also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste). Bethanechol treats this condition by reducing the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Take Bethanechol exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Bethanechol must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- blockage of the intestines or bladder
- overactive thyroid
- stomach ulcer
- epilepsy (fits or seizures)
- heart disease
- low blood pressure
- Parkinson's disease (disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking)
as Bethanechol may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have bacteriuria (presence of bacteria in the urine).
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Bethanechol may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
You may also feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position. This is common and should improve gradually as you get used to Bethanechol. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating and stomach pain or spasm.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other similar medicines used to treat urinary retention e.g. distigmine, carbachol
- medicines for heart disease e.g. procainamide, quinidine
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.