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J Urol. 1985 Oct;134(4):791-4.

Effects of metoclopramide on detrusor function.


Metoclopramide (Reglan) has been widely used as a motility agent because of its contractile effects on gastrointestinal smooth muscle. This agent also may demonstrate significant effects in the urinary system; however, controlled studies of possible effects on bladder function have not been previously reported. Metoclopramide effects on the detrusor smooth muscle were studied using a canine model system. Metoclopramide was compared with bethanechol chloride and a control substance in a random double blind study. Preliminary data from this animal model suggests that metoclopramide significantly increased detrusor contractility as manifested by a decrease in bladder capacity, an increase in detrusor peak voiding pressure and a decrease in post-void residual volume. These effects were similar to those manifested by parenteral bethanechol chloride.

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