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bethanechol (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bethanechol (Duvoid, Urecholine)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you

  • have uncontrolled hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid);
  • have stomach ulcers;
  • have asthma;
  • have recently had bladder or intestinal surgery;
  • have a blockage in your intestinal tract;
  • have a slow heart rate or low blood pressure;
  • have a disease or blockage of the arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease);
  • have epilepsy or any other seizure disorder; or
  • have Parkinson's disease.

You may not be able to take bethanechol, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Bethanechol is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether bethanechol will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether bethanechol passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take bethanechol (Duvoid, Urecholine)?

Take bethanechol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

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

Store bethanechol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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