This is a prescription medication that is given to patients to treat an overactive bladder. It helps to ease the symptoms of the urinary frequency and urgency, as well as urge urinary incontinence.
It works to relax the muscle of the bladder which decreases the overactive bladder symptoms.
The active ingredient is solifenacin succinate, which is manufactured by Astellas.
This prescription medication is available in the following dosage forms: 5mg and 10mg. The Vesicare 5mg tablets are light yellow color and are film-coated with an imprint of “150” on the tablet.
Vesicare 10mg tablets are light pink color and are film-coated with an imprint of “151” on the tablet. The brand name drug comes in a pack size of 30 tablets for per box, with a typical 3-month supply being 3 packs for a total of 90 tablets, while the generic solifenacin comes in a pack size of 100 tablets.
Follow the direction of your physician on how and when to take Vesicare (Solifenacin). In most cases, patients start at a lower dosage that is then increased over time. Do not increase or decrease your dose without consultation with your doctor. Take your tablet whole with a full glass of water. This medication may be taken with or without food.
If you have accidentally taken more than directed, consult poison control or your medical health professional. If you miss a dose of this medication, avoid doubling a dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and carry on taking your regular dose of this medication as scheduled. If you have any questions about missed pills or overdoses, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Side Effects of Vesicare
The most common side effects are as follows:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Urinary retention
- Blurred vision
- Abdominal pain
- Urinary tract infection
There are other reports of side effects to keep in mind:
- Voice disorder
- Swelling in the lower limbs
- Severe skin scaling
- Severe skin rash, itchiness or redness
- Muscle weakness
- Liver problems
- Kidney ailment Itching (exfoliative dermatitis)
- Intestinal blockage
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- High potassium levels
- Fever (erythema multiforme)
- Feeling sleepy
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Decreased appetite
- Angioedema (swelling of face or tongue, difficulty breathing)
- Anaphylactic reactions (hives, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramps, rapid heartbeat or feeling faint)
- Acid reflux
Interactions with this Medication
Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, which should include over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements and vitamins. The following drugs have been known to interact with this medication.
- Drugs known to prolong the QT/QTc interval or cause torsade de pointes
- Drugs that decrease electrolyte levels
- Anticholinergic drugs
- Drugs that stimulate the motility of the gut, such as metoclopramide, ketoconazole, clarithromycin, erythromycin, diclofenac, nefazodone and verapamil.
Do not consume grapefruit or products with grapefruit. It may cause an increase in the levels of the drug in your body.