Bethanechol Chloride Tablets

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Bethanechol Chloride Tablets belong to the class of medications called ‘Cholinergic agents’ used to treat urinary retention (holding urine in the bladder) due to surgery, childbirth, or bladder muscle problems. It contains ‘bethanechol’ that helps treat the inability to urinate by acting on the bladder muscles. It contracts the detrusor muscle (a bladder muscle) pushing the urine out of the bladder, thus starting the urination process and emptying it.

Medical Benefits

  • Bethanechol Chloride Tablets are a cholinergic agent used to treat urinary retention.
  • It works by acting on the detrusor muscle (bladder muscle) to push the urine out of the bladder. The detrusor muscle contracts strong enough to start the micturition (the process of urination), thus emptying the bladder.

Directions For Use

  • Take Bethanechol Chloride Tablets 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals to avoid nausea or take it as advised by the doctor.
  • Take the prescribed dose at the same time each day.
  • Swallow it as a whole with a glass of water or milk.
  • Do not crush, chew, or break the tablet.


  • Keep it away from sunlight.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store in a cool and dry place.


  • Alcohol may increase the risk of side effects. So, do not take alcohol while using this tablet.
  • Bethanechol Chloride Tablets are a category C medicine. It should be used in pregnant women only if needed.
  • It should be used with caution in patients with liver or kidney diseases.
  • This tablet should not be given to children below 12 years of age unless prescribed by a doctor.

Side Effects

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Urgent desire to urinate
  • Excessive salivation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does this tablet lower blood pressure?

It may lower your blood pressure (hypotension) and cause dizziness. To prevent falls, it is advised to stand up slowly while rising from a sitting or lying position.

Can it be used in pregnant women?

There are no sufficient safety data established for the use of this medicine in pregnant women. So, it is recommended to use it in pregnant women only if clinically needed.

Can this composition be taken without food?

It is recommended to take a tablet on an empty stomach. You can take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals to prevent nausea.

I have asthma, can I take it?

This medicine can narrow the airways and cause the flare-up of the symptoms of asthma. So, it is not recommended for use in patients with asthma.

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