Doctor insights on:
Pharmacy: Call a pharmacy and ask them.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: All drugs, even aspirin, have potential side effects. Serious reactions that can occur with Bethanechol include: asthma, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate and seizures . Less serious but more common side effects include: abdominal pain or cramping, nausea, belching, diarrhea, need to urinate, excess saliva, headache, fatigue, flushing, sweating, and eyes tearing. ...Read more
I am taking bethanechol chloride for a weakened bladder. Does this drug have any actual curative effect?
No...: The popularity of using Bethanechol chloride for "weakened" bladder has undergone significant change; its use was popular back in 1970s-1990s, and has been tapering over the past two decades. It theoretically increases contractibility of bladder muscle, ; its intended effectiveness fell short of expectation. So, some urologists would not bother to use it at all nowadays. It has no curative effect. ...Read more
Many: Bethanechol is a prescription drug sometimes prescribed to stimulate bladder emptying. It has many potential side effects including abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, rapid heart rate and bronchospasms to name just a few. In my experience the drug is rarely effective enough to justify its side effects. ...Read more
Here are some ...: Theoretically, it's sound and "yes" to bring a hope, but in reality, it would be more "no' than "yes" for it merely stimulates parasympathetic nerve, not to help restore the physical deficiency created by aging, illnesses, and lifestyles. So, ask the doc who suggests its use. Likewise, this drug have been used for bladder with high expectation, but resulting in mixed result at best. ...Read more
Bladder emptying: This medication has been used for a long time to stimulate the bladder to help the bladder empty better. Recent research has shown that is not effective especially if given in a pill form. it causes nausea,salivation and cardiac effects.Hence its use has never become popular. ...Read more
I have diabetes. My doctor prescribed Flomax because I retain water in my bladder. Now he suggests a catheter, but I want to try bethanechol. Opinion?
Neurogenic bladder : see urologistGet a more detailed answer ›
My son has hlhs (a chd), delayed gastric emptying and reactive airway. What meds are available besides bethanechol to help his stomach to empty?
Not many: Some people use Erythromycin as well. The problem is that few of these medicines have been studied in children, and fewer (if any) in children with chd. But i've used Erythromycin in a few of my hlhs patients and not had a problem. Please discuss this with the pediatrician and cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May help: Bethanechol maybe used for urinary retention that occurs after being administered anesthesia. In my experience not a great medication to treat this condition. Ensure your bowel movements are soft and regular. Make sure you are working with a urologist to help you with this condition. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc..It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more
Elimiron: Elmiron (pentosan) is a medication that is fda approved for ic (interstitial cystitis). The main way it works is not truly known, but it may help with coating the lining of the bladder. In ic, inflammation may be the main cause of pain. Have you seen a doctor in regards to this? Hopefully, you can get the proper testing and see if this med would work well for you. ...Read more