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Bethanechol Side Effects
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
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
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
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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 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
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