Vesicare (Solifenacin) belongs to the family of medications known as antispasmodics. It is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination, and incontinence (urine leakage). This medication works by relaxing the bladder. It helps to reduce bladder spasms, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination. It is usually necessary to take this medication for at least 4 weeks before you can expect maximum benefit from the treatment. The recommended dose of Solifenacin is 5mg once daily. If there are a few side effects with a 5mg dose, the dose can be increased to 10 mg once daily.
We currently have the brand Vesicare from Canada and Turkey manufactured by Astellas Pharma. The generic Solifenacin comes from Canada (by Ranbaxy or Sandoz) and Turkey (also knw as Kinzy by Abdi Ibrahim Pharma). Vesicare is available in tablet form and strengths of 5 mg and 10 mg.
Less serious side effects include:
• Blurred vision;
• Dry eyes;
• Dry mouth;
• Upper abdominal pain;
Stop using Solifenacin and call your doctor immediately if you have a serious side effect such as:
• Constipation for more than 3 days;
• High blood pressure;
• Severe abdominal pain;
• Signs of a urinary tract infection (e.g, burning when passing urine, blood in the urine, or increased
urgency to urinate);
• Swelling of the feet, ankles and lower leg
You should not use Vesicare if you allergic to Solifenacin, or have certain conditions such as glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, a blockage in your stomach or intestines and a history of Long QT syndrome. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Vesicare can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke. This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. It is unknown whether Vesicare will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is unknown whether Solifenacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Vesicare. There may be an interaction between solifenacin and other medications such as amiodarone, antihistamines, atropine, benztropine, clarithromycin, donepezil, flavoxate, verapamil, etc.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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