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What precautions should I take with bethanechol?

There are several precautions to follow when taking bethanechol (Urecholine), a drug used to relieve difficulty with urination. Make sure your doctor knows about:
  • allergies you may have to any medications, including bethanechol
  • all drugs and supplements you take, including over-the-counter cold medications and vitamins
  • your medical history -- especially if you have or have had asthma, a bladder infection, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, an overactive thyroid gland or ulcers
You should also let your doctor know if you're pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

If you have surgery, including dental surgery, be sure to tell the doctor or dentist that you're taking bethanechol.

Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how bethanechol affects you, as it can cause drowsiness. Alcohol can increase this drowsiness.

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