What is an Overactive Bladder?
An overactive bladder (OAB) or referred as urge incontinence is a form of unintentional loss of urine (or urinary incontinence) resulting from involuntary, sudden contraction of the muscle within the wall of the urinary bladder, in which this situation is more common in women, affecting one in every eleven older adults in the United States. Approximately 17 to 20 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder symptoms; however, only 20% of them are seeking for medical assistance.
People with overactive bladder will experience sudden urges, leaks, frequency, and the uncontrollable feeling of having to urinate immediately. Once in the bathroom they may be unable to urinate which a strong pressure regardless of the amount of urine the bladder contains. This is a typical problem of overactive bladder and is due to the inappropriate contraction detrusor muscle or the spasms of the muscles of the bladder, even though one has a very little urine in their bladder to initiate the urge of urinating. Obviously, the problems of muscles and nerves of the bladder can be a primary cause of an overactive bladder.
The overactive bladder is also caused by other abnormalities which include strokes, dementia, multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury and/or Parkinson’s disease. Bladder tumors, urinary tract infection (UTI)s, or bladder stones too, can initiate a problem of overactivity of the detrusor muscle, and thereby cause an overactive bladder causing someone to hunt for a bathroom.
What is VESIcare?
VESIcare contains both inactive ingredients (polyethylene glycol 8000, magnesium stearate, corn starch, talc, hypromellose 2910, lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide with yellow ferric oxide (5mg VESIcare tablet) or red ferric oxide (10mg VESIcare tablet) and active ingredient of solifenacin succinate.
VESIcare is a prescribed drug used to treat symptoms arising from overactive bladder due to the bladder muscle contracting too often and/or the patient being unable to control its contraction. This means that one is having a problem controlling frequency, leaking and sudden urges to urinate. This also includes conditions in which they have to go to the bathroom frequently, medically termed as urinary frequency, a strong desire to go to a bathroom right away called urgency or they may have an experience of wetting/leaking accidents which is also called urinary incontinence (leakage).
Studies show that one dose of VESIcare once a day significantly reduced urgency, urinary frequency and wetting/leaking accidents. Try asking your doctor today whether VESIcare is a right choice for you to treat your overactive bladder problems.
Before Taking VESIcare, What Should I Know about VESIcare?
VESIcare can be taken either with or without food and it must be taken exactly as prescribed each day. The best is to follow your doctor’s advice on the intake of VESIcare particularly on the matters of when to take it and how much you should take daily.
Normally, your doctor will prescribe a lower dose of VESIcare if you are experiencing certain medical conditions, including kidney or/and liver problem (s). In any occasion, your doctor will prescribe the dose that is suitable to be taken by you.
You should take one VESIcare tablet a day with liquid and swallow it whole. If you forgot to take VESIcare during the day, take it the next day. You cannot take two doses of VESIcare in the same day. If you aware that you have taken too much of VESIcare or you’ve overdosed this medication in a day, do not hesitate to call emergency room or your localized poisonous department in a hospital immediately.
If you have already prescribed VESIcare, you cannot simply stop taking the dose without the approval of your physician. If you stop or change the dose of VESIcare suddenly without your doctor’s permission, you may have to suffer unexpected medical consequences. Always remember to discuss with your doctor before planning to stop or start any new medications.
Keep your prescribed VESIcare in an airtight bottle, and out of the reach of the children. It should be stored at a room temperature of 15 to 30 degree Celsius. Don’t expose this medication to the sun or place it in any place which has a direct sunlight. Discard any VESIcare medicines that have reached their expiration date.
If you are not prescribed VESIcare, do not use it to treat overactive bladder problem. Also, do not give VESIcare to other people, even though they may have the similar symptoms as yours as this may harm their health and may even cause them a chronic medical condition. In this case, just advise them to check with a doctor and let the doctor prescribe them a suitable medication to treat their symptoms.
Prior to Taking VESIcare, What Should I Tell My Doctor?
Prior to taking VESIcare, please let your doctor or healthcare professional know about all the medical conditions you are experiencing. This may include liver or kidney related problems; eye problem called narrow-angled glaucoma; intestinal or stomach related problems; weakened urine stream; difficulty in emptying bladder or any problems dealing with constipation.
As with any other drug, VESIcare may counteract other medications, so make sure you tell your doctor if you have taken or are taking medications including vitamin pills, supplements, traditional herbals, over-the-counter drugs, as well as other prescribed and non-prescribed drugs so that your doctor can decide whether you should take VESIcare or not.
Who Should Not Take VESIcare?
Do not take VESIcare if you are having a medical condition called gastric retention, meaning that you have a slow or delayed emptying of your stomach.
Do not take VESIcare if you have a vision problem called uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
Do not take VESIcare if you are allergic to any ingredient found in VESIcare or are allergic to the use of VESIcare, or if you experience allergic reactions after taking VESIcare.
Do not use VESIcare if you have a medical condition called urinary retention, meaning that you are unable to empty your bladder.
What are the Possible Side Effects of VESIcare?
The most common side effects with VESIcare may include:
Constipation: If you become constipated for three days or more, call your doctor right away!
Abdominal pain: If you experience chronic abdominal (stomach area) pain, seek medical assistance immediately!
Blurred vision: You are not encouraged to drive or do dangerous tasks after taking VESIcare until you are aware of how VESI care affects you. It is better to discuss with your health provider or physician regarding what you should do when you get blurred vision after taking VESIcare.
Heat prostration: This happens particularly when you take VESIcare in a hot environment which may cause decreased sweating.
Allergic reactions: If you have an allergic reaction, call your doctor right away such as hives, rash or blisters; swelling in your mouth, neck, lips, throat, tongue, face, or gums; or if you’re facing difficulty in breathing. Do not hesitate to call a doctor or disregard these allergic reactions as they may cause severe pain, an unexpected medical condition or even be life-threatening.
Dry mouth: Make sure that you drink plenty of water.
Note: These are only some of the commonly seen side effects with VESIcare, so you should discuss further with your pharmacist, health provider or doctor in regards to all the possible side effects that you will have to experience after taking VESIcare. Also, tell your doctor if you have any side effects listed and not listed here or that symptom that hardly goes away two days or more, or VESIcare triggers any symptom that may threaten your health.
Information contained herein is for educational purpose only and does not intend to substitute for any medical treatment, diagnosis or advice. In any medical symptoms or emergency or any acute situation arising from using VESIcare, you are advised to consult a registered and qualified doctor immediately for a further diagnosis and advice.
You are encouraged to report any side effects of prescription medications to the FDA by either calling 1-800-FDA-1088 or by visiting www.FDA.gov/medwatch .
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