Frequently asked questions
about VESIcare & Overactive Bladder (OAB)

Recognizing OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage, treatment with VESIcare, and more

  • Questions about bladder symptoms

    • Are there other causes of bladder symptoms besides OAB?

      Answer

      Yes, bladder symptoms can have many other causes besides OAB. That's why it's important for you to talk to your doctor about your bladder symptoms. He or she can give you a diagnosis and suggest options that may help.

  • Questions about overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms
    (urgency, frequency, and leakage)

    • Isn't it normal to have OAB symptoms as you age?

      Answer

      No. OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage are not normal at any age. They may occur more often as people get older, but that doesn't mean it's a normal part of aging, or that they can't be treated. Learn more about OAB symptoms.

    • What causes OAB symptoms?

      Answer

      OAB symptoms such as frequency, urgency, and leakage can be caused by involuntary contractions of the bladder muscle. Check out the Internal Plumbing Guide for more information.


      Talk to your doctor about your OAB symptoms. He or she can give you a diagnosis and suggest options that can help.

    • How common are OAB symptoms?

      Answer

      OAB is a common medical condition that may affect an estimated 1 in 3 US adults 40 years of age and older at least "sometimes"—that's more than 46 million Americans! OAB symptoms can occur in adults of any age—men and women alike.

    • Why don't more people seek help for OAB symptoms?

      Answer

      Many people don't realize that overactive bladder is a real medical condition. For some, it takes a while to realize they have OAB symptoms in the first place. They may also feel awkward mentioning to their doctor that they're experiencing urges and leaks. Try the Doctor Conversation Guide if you need help talking to your doctor about your OAB symptoms.

    • What can be done for OAB symptoms?

      Answer

      Once a diagnosis of OAB is made, doctors might suggest Kegel exercises, other lifestyle changes, or a prescription medication like VESIcare. They can all play important roles in an effective treatment plan. Find out more in Treating OAB.

  • What to ask when considering VESIcare

    • How does VESIcare work?

      Answer

      VESIcare binds to certain natural body proteins (receptors) which help the bladder muscle to contract. Learn more about how VESIcare can help in How VESIcare Works.

    • How do I take VESIcare?

      Answer

      Take VESIcare exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. You should take one tablet a day. Swallow the tablet whole with liquid.

    • Who should NOT take VESIcare?

      Answer

      Do not take VESIcare if you:

      • Are not able to empty your bladder (urinary retention)
      • Have delayed or slow emptying of your stomach (gastric retention)
      • Have an eye problem called "uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma"
      • Are allergic to solifenacin succinate or any of the ingredients in VESIcare

    • What should I tell my doctor before starting VESIcare?

      Answer

      Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

      • Have any stomach or intestinal problems or problems with constipation
      • Have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream
      • Have an eye problem called "narrow angle glaucoma"
      • Have liver problems
      • Have kidney problems
      • Have a rare heart problem called "QT prolongation" or are taking medicines known to cause "QT prolongation"
      • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VESIcare will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
      • Are breast feeding or plan to breast feed. It is not known if VESIcare passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take VESIcare or breast feed. You should not do both.

      Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VESIcare may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VESIcare works.

    • What are the possible side effects of VESIcare?

      Answer

      VESIcare may cause serious side effects including:

      • Serious allergic reaction.
        Stop taking VESIcare and get medical help right away if you have:
        • –hives, skin rash or swelling
        • –severe itching
        • –swelling of your face, mouth or tongue
        • –trouble breathing

      The most common side effects of VESIcare include:

      • Dry mouth
      • Constipation. Call your doctor if you get severe stomach area (abdominal) pain or become constipated for 3 or more days.
      • Urinary tract infection
      • Blurred vision
      • Heat exhaustion or heat-stroke. This can happen when VESIcare is used in hot environments.
        Symptoms may include:
        • –decreased sweating
        • –dizziness
        • –tiredness
        • –nausea
        • –increase in body temperature

      Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

      These are not all the possible side effects of VESIcare. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    • Does VESIcare come in more than one dose?

      Answer

      Yes. 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.

  • Questions about VESIcare

    • How could VESIcare help OAB symptoms?

      Answer

      VESIcare binds to certain natural body proteins (receptors) which help the bladder muscle to contract. This can help control the symptoms of frequent urges and leaks (results may vary).

    • Is there a generic form of VESIcare?

      Answer

      No, 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.

    • I'm getting by OK now. Why should I talk to my doctor about taking a prescription medicine like VESIcare?

      Answer

      Lack of bladder control may also be a part of other medical issues. You should talk to your doctor about your concerns and how your bladder symptoms may be affecting your daily routine. Discuss what treatment options are best for you. Try the Doctor Conversation Guide to help start the conversation.

    • Does VESIcare start working right away?

      Answer

      It may take several weeks for you to experience symptom improvement. Keep taking VESIcare as prescribed and talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have.

    • Can anyone take VESIcare?

      Answer

      No medicine is right for everyone. VESIcare is for adults. Only your doctor can tell you if VESIcare is right for you.
      Do not take VESIcare if you:

      • Are not able to empty your bladder (urinary retention)
      • Have delayed or slow emptying of your stomach (gastric retention)
      • Have an eye problem called "uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma"
      • Are allergic to solifenacin succinate or any of the ingredients in VESIcare

      Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VESIcare may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VESIcare works.

    • Can I take VESIcare if I am pregnant or breast feeding?

      Answer

      VESIcare has not been studied in pregnant women. It is not known if VESIcare can harm your unborn baby. If you are taking VESIcare and become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, tell your doctor. It is not known if the active ingredient in VESIcare passes into breast milk, so VESIcare should not be taken while breast feeding.

  • Questions about taking VESIcare

    • What do the pills look like?

      Answer

      Click here to view photos of VESIcare 5 mg and VESIcare 10 mg tablets.

    • Do I take VESIcare with food or on an empty stomach?

      Answer

      Either way. You can take VESIcare with food or on an empty stomach.

    • How should VESIcare be taken?

      Answer

      Take VESIcare exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. You should take one tablet a day. Swallow the tablet whole with liquid.

    • How should VESIcare be stored?

      Answer

      Keep the bottle closed. Store it at room temperature. Keep VESIcare and all other medicines out of the reach of children.

    • What are the possible side effects of VESIcare?

      Answer

      VESIcare may cause serious side effects including:

      • Serious allergic reaction.
        Stop taking VESIcare and get medical help right away if you have:
        • –hives, skin rash or swelling
        • –severe itching
        • –swelling of your face, mouth or tongue
        • –trouble breathing

      The most common side effects of VESIcare include:

      • Dry mouth
      • Constipation. Call your doctor if you get severe stomach area (abdominal) pain or become constipated for 3 or more days.
      • Urinary tract infection
      • Blurred vision
      • Heat exhaustion or heat-stroke. This can happen when VESIcare is used in hot environments. Symptoms may include:
        • –decreased sweating
        • –dizziness
        • –tiredness
        • –nausea
        • –increase in body temperature

      Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

      These are not all the possible side effects of VESIcare. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    • I took my first dose of VESIcare yesterday and still haven't seen an effect. Is this normal?

      Answer

      When you're just getting started with VESIcare, it may take several weeks to see an improvement in your symptoms. Don't give up. Keep taking VESIcare as prescribed and talk to your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have.

    • What if I miss a dose of VESIcare?

      Answer

      If you miss a dose of VESIcare, begin taking VESIcare again the next day. Do not take two doses of VESIcare in the same day.

    • What if I take too much VESIcare?

      Answer

      If you take too much VESIcare, or overdose, call your local Poison Control Center or go to an emergency room right away.

    • Can I take VESIcare while I'm taking other medicines?

      Answer

      Before starting on VESIcare, tell your doctor about medicines, whether prescription or nonprescription, as well as any vitamins or supplements, you may be taking. While taking VESIcare, tell your doctor or healthcare professional about any changes in the medicines, whether prescription or nonprescription, as well as any vitamins or supplements, you may be taking. VESIcare may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how VESIcare works.

    • What should I tell my doctor while I am taking VESIcare?

      Answer

      • Tell your doctor about any side effects you may experience from taking VESIcare
      • If you have a serious allergic reaction, severe abdominal pain, or become constipated for three or more days, tell your doctor right away
      • You should also tell your doctor about any changes in the medicines you are taking
      • Tell your doctor if you become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant

    • Will my insurance cover the cost of VESIcare?

      Answer

      Every insurance policy is different, but many plans may cover VESIcare. Check with your insurance company to know your coverage benefits. If you need assistance paying for your prescriptions, you may be eligible for patient assistance from Astellas Pharma Support Solutions. You can also join the Momentum Program to receive recipes, exercises, money-saving opportunities* and more to help manage your OAB symptoms.

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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.

Please see accompanying complete Prescribing Information.

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).

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 made by the kidneys 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.