Bethanechol Chloride is used as the main active ingredient in various medications to treat overactive bladder. This active component is the chloride salt of bethanechol. It used to increase smooth muscle tone, as in the gastrointestinal tract after abdominal surgery and treatment of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. It can be used as an alternative to catheterization in the treatment of non-obstructive urinary retention. It plays the role of a muscarinic agonist.
Class of Drugs – Cholinergic agent
Molecular Formula – C7H17ClN2O2
Molecular Weight - 196.67 g/mol
Working: This given active ingredient works by coordination with the bladder muscle to squeeze better so as to improve the ability to urinate. It is also used to treat heartburn that helps the stomach muscles move food down out of the stomach faster. It acts by increasing the strength of the muscle between the esophagus and stomach (lower esophageal sphincter). Bethanechol Chloride prevents food/acid in the stomach from rising back into the esophagus.
Uses: The mentioned medication is a cholinergic agent used to treat certain bladder problems such as the inability to urinate or empty the bladder completely due to certain causes such as surgery, bladder muscle problems. Bethanechol Chloride acts by helping the bladder muscle to squeeze better. Therefore, it can improve the ability to urinate.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This given active component is used in a popular brand medicine as mentioned below:
- Urecholine: 25 mg
It is advisable to get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position while treating with this medicine.