Taking VESIcare

Help treat your Overactive Bladder (OAB) symptoms
of urgency, frequency, and leakage

Here's how to get the most from VESIcare for the treatment of your overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms of urge urinary incontinence, urgency, and urinary frequency.

  • Take VESIcare as prescribed.

    Take one VESIcare pill daily or as directed by your doctor. You should take
    VESIcare with water and swallow the tablet whole. You can take VESIcare with
    or without food. If you miss a dose, don't try to double up the next day. Make sure to refill your prescription in time so you always have VESIcare on hand. VESIcare does not have a generic form. The only way to get the active ingredient in
    VESIcare is to get a prescription from your doctor.

    Patricia says:

    “The first summer after I started taking VESIcare, I missed one pill, two pills, before I knew it I missed a whole month. My symptoms got worse.” Hear more

  • Give VESIcare time to work.

    It may take several weeks to experience symptom improvement. Keep taking your VESIcare as prescribed by your doctor and follow up with him or her about any questions you might have.

    Dr. Reed says:

    “Expectations are different for each patient when I prescribe a medicine like VESIcare. I ask them to be patient. I want them to allow several weeks for the medication to work, and see how their symptoms improve.”
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USE AND DOSE

VESIcare is for overactive bladder with symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage. The recommended dose of VESIcare is 5 mg once daily.
If the 5-mg dose is well tolerated, your doctor may increase the dose to 10 mg once daily.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

VESIcare is not for everyone. If you have certain stomach or glaucoma problems, or trouble emptying your bladder, do not take VESIcare. VESIcare may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. If you experience swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue, stop taking VESIcare and get emergency help. Tell your doctor right away if you have severe abdominal pain, or become constipated for three or more days. VESIcare may cause blurred vision, so use caution while driving or doing unsafe tasks. Common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, and indigestion.

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Overactive bladder (OAB)

Overactive bladder occurs when you cannot control your bladder contractions. When these muscle contractions happen too often or cannot be controlled you can get symptoms of overactive bladder, which include urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and urinary incontinence (leakage).

Bladder

The balloon-shaped organ inside the body that holds urine.

Bladder tracker

A record of your daily bathroom routine

Bladder training

A method of going to the bathroom on a regular schedule and emptying the bladder completely

Continence

The ability to control the timing of urination or a bowel movement

Contraction or Contracts

To shrink, tighten, or become smaller.

Frequency

The need to go to the bathroom more than eight times in a 24-hour period

Incontinence

The loss of bladder control that results in leakage

Kegel exercises

Exercises to tighten and relax the bladder muscle and hold the bladder in its proper position.

Stress incontinence

Leakage due to weak pelvic muscles that happens while coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, jumping, or other physical activity

Urgency

A sudden sense of needing to go to the bathroom right away

Urinary tract (or urinary system)

The system in the body that removes waste from the blood and carries it out of the body through urine

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

An illness caused by foreign bacteria, viruses, or yeast that grows in the urinary tract

Urine

The liquid that contains extra water and waste that passes from the body.

Urologist

A doctor who specializes in diseases of the male and female urinary system and the male reproductive system

Diuretic

A drug or substance that increases the volume of urine output.

Urge urinary incontinence

The strong, sudden need to urinate due to bladder spasms or contractions.