Urecholine (bethanechol) is an cholinergic agent is used for treating urinary retention and stimulating the bladder to contract.
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This is a prescription medicine and is used to empty the bladder. It belongs to the group of medicines called cholinergic agents. This medication is available in tablet form and can be taken 3 to 4 times in a day. It is taken on an empty stomach or after meals.

Uses of Urecholine

This medicine is used to treat urinary retention. In this condition, the bladder is unable to release the stored water. It can happen due to surgery or drugs or some other factor. It can also be advised for other uses as well by your doctor.

Side Effects of Urecholine

If you are using this medicine then there are chances that you may experience certain side effects. Now in most cases, the side effects can be less or not very severe. If you are not comfortable after using this medicine then contact your doctor. In the case of the following side effects stop using this medicine.

  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Teary eyes
  • Flushing
  • Slow and fast heartbeats
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting

In case you have the below side effects then get immediate medical help.

  • Hives
  • Unable to breathe
  • Swelling of the lips, face or tongue
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Allergic reactions

Talk to your doctor to understand the side effects better. There can few other side effects as well, about which you can talk to your doctor.

Contraindications of Urecholine

If the doctor has prescribed this medicine to you then make sure that you take it on empty stomach and especially one to two hours after meals. This will help prevent nausea and vomiting. It is important that you consult your doctor before using this medicine. Let your doctor know if you have uncontrolled hyperthyroidism, stomach ulcers, bladder or intestinal surgery, asthma, intestinal tract, slow heart rate or blood pressure, blockage in the intestinal tract, blockage of the arteries, epilepsy or other seizure disorder or Parkinson`s disease. You may have to take precautions or use a lower dose of this medicine. Follow the details of the prescription or as suggested by the doctor while using this medicine. Make sure that you take each dose with a glass full of water. Store the medicine at room temperature and keep it away from moisture and heat. In case if you miss a dose then take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose then take that dose only and skip the missed dose. This medicine can cause dizziness or even fainting. This is mostly observed when you rise from a sitting or a lying position. It is advised to rise slowly. Also, do not drive or use heavy machinery after this medicine. Wait for some time till you feel better.

Pregnancy and Urecholine

It has not been confirmed yet if this medicine can harm an unborn baby. Also, it is not known if this medicine can pass through the breast milk. It is advisable to consult a doctor before using this medicine.

Urecholine drug is use for the urinary problems. Patient remains unable to urinate properly and in this way bladder does not get emptied properly. This problem happened due to different reasons like weakness of bladder muscles and surgery. This medicine helps the bladder in more squeezing so that urine can flow out properly. This drug is use for many of the other purposes that might be not listed in the label. It can be used for other purposes like heart burn, to improve stomach muscles or strengthen muscle between the esophagus and stomach with the professional advice. Patient can use this medicine before meal with the emptied stomach three to four times in a day or according to the directions of the doctor. On the other hand this medicine with the empty stomach also help to reduce vomiting and nausea. Many of the times, dosage quantity is varied according to the patient condition and age.

Proper and regular use of the medicine is important and guarantee of quick recovery. Patient should not use the medicine if there is any allergic problem occurs due to the medicine or with its components. It is recommended to never use this drug in such diseases like asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, heart disease, Parkinson disease, stomach ulcers, severe low blood pressure or heart rate, a lesion or obstruction of the stomach, bladder obstruction, inflammation of the stomach or intestines and lack of normal muscle tension. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning for it. More over discuss with your doctor while using prescribed and non-prescribed medicine, feel allergic problem from any medicine or food or have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some of the medicines may interact with Urecholine and cause serious problem for patient health. Patient should use its missed dosage as soon as possible but not enough close to the next time otherwise an over dosing may happen. It is not known that whether this medicine affect the unborn baby or not. It is better to discuss with your doctor in pregnancy or planning for it. It might pass into breast milk and it is harmful for the newly born baby. Patient should perform caution if she has any nursing baby while using this medicine. Patient should use drug according to the prescription and directions of the doctor. Keep the drug in room temperature away from the heat and moisture. It is harmful for the younger baby that is why keeps it away from the approach of the children. In case of any emergency, contact to your doctor or poison help line for the emergency medical help.

Ask from your doctor if you have any question regarding use of this medicine about its use. Patient should not share the prescription with the others because it varied according to the condition. This all information is not enough just to decide whether a patient should use this medicine or not. Only follow the instructions of your health provider in your health problem.