Vesicare

Vesicare

Vesicare is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called antispasmodics, and urinary antagonists. In most cases, when your bladder starts filling, it will expand. When the bladder has expanded fully, it notifies your brain that tells you to go to the bathroom and urinate. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Vesicare is a brand form of the medication Solifenacin, used to treat incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome. This treatment is only available with a prescription from a registered doctor and belongs to a class of medications known as antispasmodics.  

What is Vesicare? 

Vesicare is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called antispasmodics, and urinary antagonists. In most cases, when your bladder starts filling, it will expand. When the bladder has expanded fully, it notifies your brain that tells you to go to the bathroom and urinate. Your brain asks the muscles in your bladder to contract, and this starts the flow of urine.  

However, when you have incontinence, or a condition like overactive bladder syndrome, your muscles contract before your bladder has expanded fully. This causes an increased urge to urinate. The Vesicare medication works to stop sudden contractions, so that you can hold more urine in your bladder before having to rush to the bathroom. This will help to reduce your symptoms associated with OAB.  

When is Vesicare used? 

Vesicare is used for the treatment of urine incontinence or overactive bladder syndrome. If you have this condition, then you will usually suffer from symptoms like a frequent need to urinate, an inability to control your urination, and a problem with controlling the muscles in your bladder. Vesicare relaxes the bladder muscles to reduce your risk of experiencing symptoms and give you more control over the way that you go to the bathroom.  

Vesicare can help with tackling issues like bedwetting and urinating too frequently. This substance works to control OAB syndrome for most patients when used in accordance with the instructions given by your doctor. It's important to follow the guidelines provided by your doctor carefully to ensure that you get the best results from Vesicare.

How do you use Vesicare? 

Whenever your doctor prescribes a medication, they will be able to provide advice on how to use that substance. Don't be afraid to ask any questions you might have. You can also find additional details about how to properly use and store Vesicare in the patient leaflet that's included in the medication package. If you have any questions after reading this leaflet, you can contact your doctor or speak to a pharmacist.  

Vesicare comes in tablet form, you will often be required to take this medication by mouth each day, with or without food depending on your preferences. Most people find that taking Vesicare with a glass of water is easiest. Some people will have fewer risks of gastrointestinal issues if they take this medication with food. Make sure you don't crush or chew Vesicare before taking the tablet. Swallowing this medication whole may still leave a bitter taste in your mouth.  

This kind of medication for overactive bladder syndrome needs to be taken on a regular basis for you to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember to take your tablet each day, take it at the same time every day. Consider setting an alarm to remind yourself. Do not increase your dose of this medication or try to use it more often than you have been told to do so by your doctor. This will not cause your condition to improve any faster, but it could increase your risk of side effects.  

If you forget to take a dose of Vesicare, then you can take it as soon as you remember. If you don't remember to take this drug until the next day when your next tablet is due, just take one pill. Do not double your dose to make up for a missed tablet.  

What dosages are available? 

The dose provided for Vesicare will be based on your unique medical condition, your medical history and any responses to similar treatments that you may have had in the past. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any issues that might stop you from taking this drug as normal.  

Vesicare comes in 10mg and 5mg tablet forms. Usually, you will be given a 5mg dose to begin with. If you tolerate this dose well and without any side effects, then your doctor might choose to increase your dosage or keep you on the same amount.  

The usual dose for Vesicare is one 5mg dose taken once a day at the same time each day. Do not take more or less of this medication than required. Get emergency medical assistance if you are concerned that you might have accidentally taken an overdose of Vesicare.  

What are the side effects of Vesicare? 

All medications, including Vesicare can come with possible side effects. Many of these symptoms will go away over time as your body gets used to the medication. Your doctor will have considered your risk of suffering from side effects before giving you Vesicare and deemed your benefits from taking this drug to be more significant than the risk.  

Common side effects include constipation, stomach problems, drowsiness, dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, and unusual feelings of weakness and exhaustion. If any of these issues worsen or persist, tell your doctor immediately. You can suck on ice chips to relieve the symptoms of dry mouth or chew on sugarless gum.  

It's rare to have serious side effects when taking Vesicare, as most people will tolerate this substance very well. However, you should tell your doctor immediately if you have severe pain in your stomach or abdomen, as well as constipation for three days or more. If you experience difficulty urinating, or show signs of a kidney infection, such as bloody urine or frequent urination, tell your doctor. Seek help if you notice changes in your mood or mental status, including hallucinations and confusion.  

Other possible serious side effects of taking Vesicare might include pain or swelling in the eyes, vision changes, or redness around the eyes. A very serious allergic reaction to Vesicare isn't likely. However, you should seek emergency attention from a doctor or nurse if you notice symptoms that indicate a reaction, including trouble breathing, dizziness, or swelling in the throat, tongue or face.  

When shouldn't you use Vesicare? 

Vesicare will not be a suitable treatment for everyone with incontinence issues. A consultation with your doctor where you discuss your medical history and condition will help to determine if this treatment is right for you. If your doctor believes that Vesicare is not suitable for your condition, they may be able to suggest an alternative. 

You should not take Vesicare if you have any allergies to the ingredients within it.  This includes both active and inactive ingredients - a list of which you can find on the patient leaflet. Before using this substance, it's also important to tell your doctor if you've ever had any bladder problems, issues with urination, or stomach or intestinal blockages. Tell your doctor if you have a family or personal history of liver disease, bowel disease, glaucoma, slowed movement in the intestines, constipation, enlarged prostate, or kidney disease. You may not be suitable to take Vesicare if you have had certain muscle or nerve diseases in the past.  

This substance may make you drowsy and can cause issues with blurred vision in some cases. Exposure to alcohol and recreational drugs can worsen these conditions. Make sure that you are not doing anything that requires you to be alert when using Vesicare.  

In rare circumstances, Vesicare may cause you to sweat less than usual, which increases your risk of heat stroke. When using this drug, avoid any activities that might cause you to overheat, such as exercising in hot weather or using a hot tub. When the weather is warm, make sure that you're drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Get help if you notice signs that you are dehydrated, such as a fever that doesn't go away, mental changes, dizziness or headaches.  

Older adults are more likely to experience the side effects of Vesicare, particularly trouble with urination, constipation and confusion. Additionally, this medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it's clear that it is needed.  

Does Vesicare interact with any other medications? 

Medications may interact with other substances that you are using to control unrelated medical conditions to OAB. It's important to tell your doctor about all of the products that you're using before you begin using this medication, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal medications, to ensure that the combination is safe.  

Vesicare often interacts poorly with potassium and pramlintide tablets. Additionally, medications like ketoconazole, anticholinergics and biphosphonates can affect the way that Vesicare is broken down and removed from your body, which might increase your risk of side effects.  

It's best to avoid drinking too much grapefruit juice with Vesicare, as this can magnify the strength of the active ingredients in the drug.  

Where can you buy Vesicare? 

You can buy Vesicare from your own pharmacy or arrange for us to deliver it to a registered EU pharmacy in your name. Make sure that you are buying Vesicare from a reputable location to reduce your risk of any dangerous side effects. 

Can you get Vesicare without a prescription?  

At this time, it is not possible to buy Vesicare without a prescription. Your doctor can use a consultation with you to find out whether Vesicare is a suitable treatment for your condition. We can arrange a consultation with a registered doctor on your behalf.  

 

 

References

Everyday Health, 2019, online, What is VESIcare (Solifenacin) [Accessed on the 27th of August 2019], Available at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/vesicare 

Medline Plus, 2019, online, Solifenacin [Accessed on the 27th of August 2019], Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605019.html  

Sanhai Sinha, MD, 2019, online, Drugs.com, VESIcare [Accessed on the 27th of August 2019], Available at: https://www.drugs.com/vesicare.html