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  • Generic Name: (bethanechol chloride)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 12/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Urecholine is a medicine used to treat sudden urinary retention (an inability to urinate normally) associated with surgery or certain other factors.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Urecholine works by stimulating the muscles to empty the bladder, thereby improving your condition.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Urecholine may help relieve difficulties in urinating.

      When: Urecholine may start working within 30 minutes.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin taking Urecholine. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: general feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being; abdominal (stomach area) cramps; nausea; headache; a fall in blood pressure; flushing or feeling of warmth; sweating.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Urecholine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not take Urecholine if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not take Urecholine if you have heart or thyroid problems, peptic ulcers, asthma, low blood pressure, a slow heart rate, seizures, or parkinsonism.

      Do not take Urecholine if you have any obstruction in your stomach or intestines.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Urecholine. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have an obstruction in your stomach, intestines, or bladder; inflammatory lesions in your stomach or intestines; peritonitis (inflammation of the lining of the abdomen [stomach area]); recently had urinary bladder surgery or surgery in your stomach and intestines, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults: The usual dose is 10 to 50 milligrams three or four times a day, as directed by your healthcare provider.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Take Urecholine exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

      Urecholine should preferably be taken one hour before or two hours after meals to avoid nausea or vomiting.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not change your dose or stop taking Urecholine without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Urecholine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Urecholine with ganglion blocking agents (medicines that decrease your blood pressure) (such as mecamylamine).

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Urecholine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Urecholine. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Urecholine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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