Prescription onlyClass: Renal

Vesicare

(solifenacin)

Prescription onlyClass: Renal
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Treats an overactive bladder.

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Our bottom line

Vesicare (Solifenacin) is a good treatment for overactive bladder and doesn’t have as many side effects as similar medications.

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Upsides

  • Vesicare (Solifenacin) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and helping to better control urination.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Causes fewer side effects than other medications in the same drug class.
  • Only needs to be taken once a day.

Downsides

  • Generally not recommended to use in people ages 65 and older since it can cause drowsiness and increase the risk of falls.
  • Can’t be used if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Not recommended if you have ulcerative colitis or certain other gastrointestinal problems, since Vesicare (Solifenacin) can slow stomach emptying.
  • Has some drug interactions, so make sure your doctor has your complete list of medications.
  • Not available as a generic.
How it works

Vesicare (Solifenacin) is an anticholinergic. It relaxes the bladder muscles by lowering muscle spasms. This helps people go to the bathroom less often and better control their urination.

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Side effect rates for Vesicare (solifenacin)

1794 From clinical trials of Vesicare / Overactive bladder (5 mg)
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Vision blurred
  • Urinary tract infection nos
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain upper
  • Flu
  • Dizziness

Risks and Warnings for Vesicare (solifenacin)

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  • Angioedema, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat can happen when taking Vesicare (Solifenacin) tablets. Seek medical attention immediately if this happens to you.

Common concerns from people taking Vesicare (solifenacin)

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Pregnancy
Price
  • I don't like the price, but it has definitely improved my overactive bladder and quality of life. The dry mouth is manageable.
Interactions
  • Has some drug interactions, so make sure your doctor has your complete list of medications.
Alcohol
  • To prevent dry mouth, avoid using mouthwashes with alcohol, chew on sugar-free gum, and take small sips of water as needed.
  • Can cause drowsiness, so avoid taking with alcohol or other medicines that make you sleepy.
Food
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Sleep
  • Generally not recommended to use in people ages 65 and older since it can cause drowsiness and increase the risk of falls.
  • Might cause dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, and blurry vision.
  • Can cause drowsiness, so avoid taking with alcohol or other medicines that make you sleepy.
  • Vesicare (Solifenacin) can cause drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, hallucinations, or blurred vision. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or doing anything that requires you to be alert until you know how Vesicare (Solifenacin) affects you.