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Bethanechol is a medication commonly used to increase bladder contractility in order to help the bladder empty and to increase urination. It can also be used to treat symptoms of dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is a condition where the autonomic nervous system, or ANS, does not function properly. The ANS controls unconscious functions of the body such as the gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, and metabolic system.
Because bethanechol is considered a cholinergic agent, it is associated with side effects similar to other cholinergic medications. These include the following side effects:
It is possible to give your pet too much bethanechol. It is important to give bethanechol exactly as your pet's veterinarian has instructed. Overdosage signs are similar to the side effects but can be more severe in nature. Talk to your pet's veterinarian immediately regarding any potential adverse effects.
Important tips regarding administration and monitoring:
It is important to give your pet this medication exactly as prescribed and to not discontinue the drug without consulting with the veterinarian. If you miss giving your pet the dose, give it to him as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on your normal schedule. If you are unsure about when to give a missed dose, contact your pet's veterinarian.
Behtanechol Chloride is sold as an FDA approved generic drug. Brand varies from order to order and variation to variation. VetRxDirect is unable to guarantee which brand will be available at the time of order shipment.