What is Solifenacin used for?
Vesicare (Solifenacin) is used in the treatment of overactive bladder. Solifenacin works to help improve the ability to control your urination by relaxing muscles in the bladder. Vesicare helps to reduce urine leakage, frequent trips to the bathroom, and urgent feelings of needing to urinate. Vesicare is part of the class of drugs known as antispasmodics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Solifenacin (Vesicare)
Read the information provided by your pharmacist if available before you start taking solifenacin and every time you refill your medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Take Vesicare by mouth either with or without food as your doctor instructs you, usually once a day. Take Vesicare with a full glass of liquid. Do your best to swallow solifenacin whole as the powder in the tablet has a strong and bitter taste.
Use Vesicare on a regular basis to help you get the most benefit from it. To help aid your memory, take it at the same time every day. Your dosage will be based on your response to the medication, medical condition, and any other medications you might be taking. Make sure you are telling your doctor about all of the medications you take (including prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbal products, and vitamins). Do not change anything about how you take Vesicare (the dose, frequency of use, or length of use) without first talking to your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster and you will increase your risk of side effects greatly. If your condition persists or does not improve, tell your doctor.
Sometimes two medications will interact with each other. At times these interactions mean you should never take two medications at the same time. However sometimes drug interactions can be monitored and mitigated by a doctor with changes in dosing or other precautions. Below is a list of some medications that may interact with Vesicare.
- HIV/Aid Medication:
- Norvir (ritonavir)
- Imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Narcotic Medication:
- Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Methadone (Methadose)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)
- Heart Medication:
- Rythmol (Propafenone)
- Quinidine (Quinidex, Quin-Release Quin-G)
This is not an exhaustive list of drugs that can interact with solifenacin. You should always give a list of all the products you take to your doctor. Make sure your list includes all prescription and non-prescription medications as well as any herbal products or vitamins you may be taking.
If you have questions about drug interactions or specific medications such as Vesicare you can reach out to our customer service team at 1-844-416-4282 to be connected to a pharmacist.
Some mild and common side effects of Vesicare include: dry mouth, drowsiness, dry eyes, constipation, blurred vision, stomach upset, unusual tiredness or weakness, and headache. If these effects linger or get worse over time tell your pharmacist or doctor promptly. In order to relieve dry mouth, suck ice chips or sugarless candy, drink water, use a saliva substitute or chew sugar free gum. Eat dietary fiber, exercise, and drink enough water to prevent constipation. You can also take a laxative if necessary. Consult a pharmacist what kind of laxative would be best for you. Remember that your doctor has prescribed Vesicare because they have judged that the benefit for you will be greater than the risk of side effects. Most people who take Vesicare do not experience serious side effects.
If you experience any serious side effects tell your doctor right away. Serious side effects include: constipation for 3 days or more, signs of kidney infections (painful/burning/frequent urination, pink/bloody urine, fever), difficulty urinating, severe abdominal/stomach pain, mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations or confusion). If you have any of the following very serious side effects get medical attention immediately: vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night), eye redness/swelling/pain.
A very serious allergic reaction to Vesicare is rare, but if you notice any signs of a serious allergic reaction get medical help right away. Signs of a serious allergic reaction include: itching/swelling (especially of the tongue/face/throat), rash, trouble breathing, and severe dizziness.
This is not an exhaustive list of side effects, your doctor will have more complete information. If you notice side effects not listed here contact your pharmacist or doctor.
DISCLAIMER: The following is a summary is not exhaustive and does not contain all possible information about Vesicare. This information is not a substitute for professional, individual medical advice. This summary does not indicate whether this product will be safe, effective and appropriate for you and your treatment. For individual medical advice always speak with a health care professional. Do not delay in seeking or ignore medical advice because of the information provided here.