In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02277271 ||VESICARE 10MG TABLET|
|02277263 ||VESICARE 5MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Solifenacin belongs to the family of medications known as antispasmodics. It is used to relieve symptoms associated with an overactive bladder, such as urinary urgency (a need to urinate right away), urinary frequency, and urge incontinence (leaking or wetting caused by an unstoppable urge to urinate).
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.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of solifenacin is 5 mg once daily. If there are few side effects with a 5 mg dose, the dose can be increased to 10 mg once daily.
If you have severe kidney function impairment or moderate liver function impairment, or if you are taking certain medications (e.g., ketoconazole, clarithromycin, diclofenac, nefazodone, verapamil), doses above 5 mg daily are not recommended.
Solifenacin should be taken with liquids and swallowed whole. It may be taken with or without food.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dose of this medication, take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each light yellow, round, film-coated tablet, debossed with logo "150", contains solifenacin succinate 5 mg (equivalent to solifenacin 3.8 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: corn starch, hypromellose 2910, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 8000, talc, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.
Each light pink, round, film-coated tablet, debossed with logo "151", contains solifenacin succinate 10 mg (equivalent to solifenacin 7.5 mg). Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hypromellose 2910, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol 8000, red ferric oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take solifenacin if you:
- are allergic to solifenacin or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- are dependent on dialysis
- have gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach)
- have narrow-angle glaucoma
- have urinary retention (an inability to empty the bladder)