Vesicare Tablets (5mg & 10mg)

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About Vesicare Tablets (5mg & 10mg)

Vesicare Tablets are used to effectively treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder, helping to lessen the strong, sudden urge to urinate without prior warning and reduce frequent urination or wetting yourself because you could not make it to the toilet.

These tablets are available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy and can be delivered to your home as soon as the next day. Get prescriptions online today when you complete an online health consultation.

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Vesicare Tablets (5mg & 10mg) information

  • What are Vesicare Tablets and what are they used for?

    Vesicare relieves the symptoms of an overactive bladder: a strong, sudden urge to urinate without warning, frequent urination or wetting yourself because you could not reach the bathroom in time. Each tablet contains the active ingredient solifenacin succinate, an anticholinergic or muscle relaxant that helps improve an overactive bladder by relaxing the involuntary muscle in the wall of the bladder.

    Vesicare Tablets are available as either 5mg or 10mg strength and can be prescribed for adults over the age of 18 years. It may take at least four weeks of treatment for this medicine to become fully effective. Each box of Vesicare contains 30 tablets and are manufactured by Astellas Pharma Ltd.

    What is an overactive bladder?

    The muscle in the bladder wall is called the detrusor muscle. When it contracts in uncontrollable spasms, this is known as having an overactive bladder. An overactive detrusor muscle can increase the frequency with which you urinate, or cause uncontrollable urges to pass urine or urinary incontinence.

    How does Vesicare help with an overactive bladder?

    Solifenacin, the active ingredient in Vesicare, provides relief from an overactive bladder by relaxing the detrusor muscle in the bladder wall. It blocks receptors called muscarinic (or cholinergic) receptors found on the surface of the muscle cells which prevents a natural body chemical called acetylcholine from acting on these receptors.

    Usually, when acetylcholine acts on these receptors, the detrusor muscle contracts and the bladder empties. By blocking acetylcholine, solifenacin helps the muscle in the bladder wall to relax. This reduces the bladder’s unstable, involuntary contractions and increases the bladder’s capacity to hold urine. This, in turn, reduces the need to pass urine.

    Alternatives to Vesicare

    Non-Medicinal Alternatives for Urinary Incontinence

    There are some non-medicinal alternatives you can try before going down the route of medication. These include;

    • Lifestyle changes - such as reducing fluid and caffeine intake. If you are overweight or obese then it is advisable to lose weight which will reduce occurrences of urinary incontinence.
    • Pelvic floor muscle training - This exercise is designed to strengthen the muscles that control the flow of urine.
    • Bladder training - Bladder training involves learning techniques that can prolong the length of time between feeling the urge to urinate and passing water. The training itself is usually attempted for around 6 weeks.

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  • Vesicare Warnings

    Do not take Vesicare if any of the following apply to you:

    • if you have an inability to pass water or to empty your bladder completely (urinary retention).
    • if you have a severe stomach or bowel condition (including toxic megacolon, a complication associated with ulcerative colitis).
    • if you suffer from the muscle disease called myasthenia gravis, which can cause an extreme weakness of certain muscles.
    • if you suffer from increased pressure in the eyes, with gradual loss of eyesight (glaucoma).
    • if you are allergic to solifenacin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
    • if you are undergoing kidney dialysis.
    • if you have severe liver disease.
    • if you suffer from severe kidney disease or moderate liver disease AND at the same time are being treated with medicines that may decrease the removal of Vesicare from the body (for example, ketoconazole). Your doctor or pharmacist will have informed you if this is the case.

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Vesicare if any of the following apply to you:

    • if you have trouble emptying your bladder (bladder obstruction) or have difficulty in passing urine (e.g. a thin urine flow). The risk of accumulation of urine in the bladder (urinary retention) is much higher.
    • if you have some obstruction of the digestive system (constipation).
    • if you are at risk of your digestive system slowing down (stomach and bowel movements).
    • if you suffer from severe kidney disease.
    • if you have moderate liver disease.
    • if you have a stomach tear (hiatus hernia) or heartburn.
    • if you have a nervous disorder (autonomic neuropathy).

    Other medicines and Vesicare

    Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take other medicines.
    It is especially important to inform your doctor if you are taking:

    • other anticholinergic medicines, effects and side effects of both medications can be enhanced.
    • cholinergics as they can reduce the effect of Vesicare.
    • medicines, like metoclopramide and cisapride, which make the digestive system work faster. Vesicare can reduce their effect.
    • medicines, like ketoconazole, ritonavir, nelfinavir, intraconazole, verapamil and diltiazem, which decrease the rate at which Vesicare is broken down by the body
    • medicines like rifampicin, phenytoin and carbamazepine, as they may increase the rate at which Vesicare is broken down by the body.
    • medicines such as bisphosphonates, that can cause or exacerbate inflammation of the gullet (oesophagitis).
      Vesicare with food and drink

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding

    You should not use Vesicare if you are pregnant unless clearly necessary. Do not use Vesicare if you are breastfeeding as solifenacin may get into your breast milk.
    Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

    Please take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly before you start using this medicine.

  • How to use Vesicare

    Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

    • Take one 5mg Vesicare tablet a day. If your symptoms don’t respond to this dosage, your doctor may increase it to one 10mg tablet a day. Try to take your tablet at the same time each day.
    • Swallow Vesicare tablets whole, with a drink. Take them with or without food.
    • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you don’t remember until your next dose is due, however, just leave out the missed tablet. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
  • Vesicare Ingredients

    • The active substance is solifenacin succinate 5 mg or 10 mg
    • The other ingredients are maize starch, lactose, hypromellose (E464), magnesium stearate, macrogol, talc, titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide (E172)
  • Vesicare Side Effects

    Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
    If you experience an allergic attack, or a severe skin reaction (e.g. blistering and peeling of the skin), you must inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

    Vesicare may cause the following common side effects (affects around 1 in 10 people):

    • dry mouth
    • blurred vision
    • constipation
    • nausea
    • indigestion with symptoms such as abdominal fullness, abdominal pain, burping, nausea, and heartburn (dyspepsia)
    • stomach discomfort

    If you are worried about any of the side effects listed in the Patient Information Leaflet or any other side effects you should speak to a doctor for advice.

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Vesicare Tablets (5mg & 10mg) FAQs

  • Vesicare is a tablet which is taken to help with bladder control. It works by binding to protein receptors which make the bladder muscle contract. There is no generic form of Vesicare.

  • Vesicare will not start working immediately. It will take up to several weeks to reach its full effect. Continue to follow your prescription for Vesicare. Consult your GP if you have any further concerns.

  • Always follow your prescription exactly. You will likely be prescribed one tablet per day. Swallow each tablet whole with a sip of water. This can be done either with or without food.

  • Vesicare is unsuitable for you if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

    • Urinary retention (difficulty urinating)
    • Gastric retention (a delayed emptying of the stomach)
    • Glaucoma
    • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this medicine

    Vesicare is only suitable for adults.

    Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

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