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Brand Names: Duvoid, Urecholine

Generic Name: bethanechol (Pronunciation: be THAN e chol)

What is bethanechol (Duvoid, Urecholine)?

Bethanechol stimulates your bladder to empty.

Bethanechol is used to treat urinary retention (difficulty urinating), which may occur after surgery, after delivering a baby, and in other situations.

Bethanechol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Bethanechol 10 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with AN 572

Bethanechol 10 mg-GLO

round, yellow, imprinted with 952

Bethanechol 25 mg-AMN

round, yellow, imprinted with AN 573

Bethanechol 25 mg-GLO

round, yellow, imprinted with 953

Bethanechol 5 mg-AMN

round, white, imprinted with AN 571

Bethanechol 5 mg-GLO

round, yellow, imprinted with 951

Bethanechol 50 mg-AMN

round, yellow, imprinted with AN 574

Bethanechol 50 mg-GLO

round, yellow, imprinted with 954

What are the possible side effects of bethanechol (Duvoid, Urecholine)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking bethanechol and seek emergency medical attention:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • shortness of breath, wheezing, or tightness in your chest.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bethanechol and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dizziness or drowsiness;
  • headache;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort;
  • slow heartbeats followed by fast heartbeats;
  • flushing or warmth about the face;
  • sweating; or
  • tearing eyes.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about bethanechol (Duvoid, Urecholine)?

Take bethanechol on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals to prevent nausea and vomiting.

Bethanechol may cause dizziness or fainting, especially when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to avoid becoming dizzy, falling, or hurting yourself.

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Bethanechol may cause dizziness. If you experience dizziness, avoid these activities.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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