Bethanechol

(Myotinine®, Bethanecol)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
yes - oral suspension, oral suspension (unlicensed specials)
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
-
Available as granules?
-
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
-
Available as an injection?
-
Available as nasal/oral spray?
-
Safe or appropriate to crush
Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Crush tablets and disperse in water immediately prior to administration.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Generic name
Bethanecol
Usual formulation brand names
Myotinine®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
No
Modified release
No
Film coated
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
No
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
No
Are specials or imports available?
Yes - oral solution, oral suspension
Liquid strengths
Check with specials manufacturer
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Check with specials manufacturer
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Notes
Bethanechol should be taken on an empty stomach.