Vesicare (Solifenacin) is used to treat overactive bladder (a condition in which the bladder muscles contract uncontrollably and cause frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination). Solifenacin is in a class of medications called antimuscarinics. It works by relaxing the bladder muscles. Solifenacin (Generic) is also available for purchase.
Solifenacin comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. To help you remember to take solifenacin, take it at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take solifenacin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole; do not split, chew, or crush them. Swallow the tablets with water or another liquid. Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of solifenacin and increase your dose later in your treatment. Solifenacin may help to control your symptoms but will not cure your condition. Continue to take solifenacin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking solifenacin without talking to your doctor.
Solifenacin may cause side effects including but not limited to:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Solifenacin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Vesicare prescribed?
A: Vesicare is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination, and incontinence (urine leakage).
Q: Does Vesicare have a generic alternative?
A: Solifenacin (Generic) is available for purchase at a much lower price than the brand
Q: Are there any known drugs that interact with Vesicare?
A: Many drugs can affect solifenacin. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using (This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbs)
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while taking Vesicare?
A: Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired. Also, avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Solifenacin can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heatstroke.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Vesicare?
A: Skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time the next day. Do not take two doses of solifenacin in the same day.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).