Which medications in the drug class Cholinergics, Genitourinary are used in the treatment of Bladder Dysfunction?

Updated: Jan 04, 2019
  • Author: Gregory T Carter, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Cholinergics, Genitourinary

Cholinergic agents stimulate cholinergic receptors in the smooth muscle of the urinary bladder and gastrointestinal (GI) tract, resulting in increased peristalsis that treats urinary retention resulting from a neurogenic bladder.

Bethanechol hydrochloride (Urecholine)

Bethanechol hydrochloride is used for selective stimulation of the bladder to produce contraction and thereby initiate micturition and empty the bladder. It is most useful in patients who have bladder hypocontractility, provided that they have functional and coordinated sphincters. It is rarely used, because of the difficulty of timing the effect and because of GI stimulation.

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