What is this medication?
Indicated for treatment of neurogenic bladder, and urinary retention.
How does this medication work?
Bethanechol, Duvoid stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and subsequently increases bladder muscle tone causing contractions which initiate urination. Bethanechol also stimulates gastric motility, increases gastric tone, and may restore peristalsis.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 10mg to 50mg in divided doses (3 to 4 times daily).
How to Take: Should be taken 1 hour before meals or 2 hours after meals.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Bethanechol, Duvoid make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take. If you happen to experience bacteriuria, there is the risk for reflux infection if the sphincter fails to relax as Bethanechol, Duvoid contacts the bladder.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
The frequency and incidence of side effects is not well defined but have included the following:
Flushing, hypotension, tachycardia, colic, headache, malaise, seizure, diaphoresis, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, salivation, vomiting, urinary urgency, lacrimation, miosis, bronchoconstriction.
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