Treating Overactive
Bladder (OAB)

Don't put up with OAB, which includes symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage–treat it

There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to overactive bladder (OAB), like it's a normal part of aging or something you can't do anything about. But OAB, including urge urinary incontinence, is a real, treatable medical condition. Once-daily VESIcare has been demonstrated to treat OAB with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks.*

Treating OAB

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How lifestyle changes fit in

Lifestyle changes can be a great way to start managing your OAB symptoms. Be sure to ask your healthcare professional for his or her advice before trying any of these tips on your own.

  • Kegal Exercises

    Kegel exercises

    Kegel exercises are simple exercises designed to help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder. They involve tightening and relaxing certain pelvic muscles, which in turn can improve your bladder control.

  • Reduce caffeine intake

    Lowering your caffeine intake

    Have you ever noticed that you go to the bathroom more after drinking anything with caffeine? Think about your bladder before you reach for that next cup of coffee. Caffeine is a natural diuretic. It also acts as a bladder stimulant, causing an increase in sudden urges to go to the bathroom.

  • Healthy Diet

    Keeping an eye on your diet

    Sometimes what you eat or drink can cause bladder irritation, which results in needing to go more often. Try to limit things like carbonated drinks, artificial sweeteners, spicy foods, and citrus or tomatoes.

For some, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to help manage bladder symptoms. If your doctor determines you have OAB, he or she may prescribe a medication like VESIcare to help treat your OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage.

Taking the first step

It can be hard for some people to talk to their doctor about OAB symptoms. They might feel shy or even embarrassed to mention that they're experiencing frequent urges and leaks. But don't be afraid to speak up about your bladder symptoms. After all, you're not alone if you have OAB, and your healthcare professional can suggest treatment options that could help reduce your OAB symptoms. Watch what Dr. Reed has to say about OAB treatment options.

So take charge! Make the choice to ask your doctor about your OAB symptoms. If you need help having the OAB conversation, use the Doctor Conversation Guide. It can help you find the right words, so you and your doctor can discuss the available treatment options together.

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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.


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 urge urinary incontinence (leakage).


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


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

Contraction or Contracts

To shrink, tighten, or become smaller.


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


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


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


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


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


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.