Bethanechol - Side Effects, Precautions and Contraindications
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Cholinergic Agonist

Bethanechol - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Bethanechol cause?

Common side effects include:

  • ​Drowsiness
    • This may affect your ability to drive and use machinery. Do not drive or do things which requires you to be alert.
  • Facial flushing where the skin on your face feels hot
  • Nausea, vomiting
    • Take small but frequent meals, and avoid fatty or spicy food.
  • Headache
    • You may take Paracetamol to relieve the headache.
  • Sweating
  • Slower heart rate
    • Consult your healthcare professional immediately if you experience slow heart rate of less than 50 beats per minute, shortness of breath or fainting.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Bethanechol , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You have recently went for bladder or intestinal surgery
  • You have or ever had:
    • Asthma
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
    • Epilepsy (fits)
    • Stomach ulcers
    • Slow heart rate or low blood pressure
    • Heart problems such as blockage of arteries in your heart

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Bethanechol ?

Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase the risk of drowsiness.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Bethanechol - Additional Information

  • Updated on 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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