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Simple, informative guides for you and your doctor.

Use these interactive tools to help you and your doctor understand what you may be going through. Click on one of the tabs below to get started.

  • The Doctor Conversation Guide

    • Start talking to your doctor today

      It's quick. It's easy. And it can give you the necessary tools to help you talk to your doctor. After you're finished, you will be armed with a wealth of information to prepare you for your doctor discussion.

      • Conversation starters
      • Your symptom summary
      • Helpful tips
      • Savings* and resources


      *Subject to eligibility. Restrictions may apply.


      The Doctor Conversation Guide is an awareness tool designed for you and your doctor to use together. It cannot diagnose OAB and should not replace the advice of your healthcare professional. We will not rent or sell the Personally Identifiable Information that you submit to us to unaffiliated third parties. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
      Doctor Conversation Guide
  • How your bladder works

    • An inside view of your internal plumbing
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      Internal Plumbing Guide

      To get the full experience of this Interactive Guide, turn up your volume. You'll learn how a normal bladder and an overactive bladder function. You'll also learn about OAB symptoms, and how VESIcare can help to treat them.

      Use the buttons to see how a normal bladder and an overactive bladder work, and how VESIcare may help.

      Normal Bladder

      A Normal Bladder

      For people with a normal bladder, urine passes from the kidneys to the bladder, and the bladder expands until it reaches full size.

      Once the bladder expands to its full size, it sends a signal to alert the brain that it's time to go to the bathroom.

      When you're ready to go, the brain sends a message back to the bladder, telling the bladder muscle to start contracting.

      This starts the flow of urine, and as the bladder muscle continues to contract, the bladder empties. But what happens if you have OAB?

      Overactive Bladder

      An Overactive Bladder

      For people with OAB, bladder function is different. Instead of filling and emptying as it should, the bladder muscle contracts involuntarily, before the bladder expands to its full size.

      When the bladder contracts involuntarily, it may result in OAB symptoms.

      OAB symptoms can be unpredictable and uncontrollable. What are they? Continue on to learn more.

      Symptoms of OAB

      Symptoms of an Overactive Bladder

      Common symptoms of overactive bladder include: urgency, frequency, and leakage.

      When the bladder muscle contracts before the bladder expands to its full size, you may experience urgency, the strong and sudden need to use the bathroom.

      Another common OAB symptom is frequency, the need to use the bathroom 8 or more times a day.

      OAB may also result in accidental leaks from time to time. VESIcare may be able to help.

      How VESIcare Works

      How VESIcare Works

      A natural body chemical called acetylcholine binds to receptors on the bladder, causing the bladder muscle to contract.

      VESIcare works by blocking acetylcholine from binding to these receptors.

      As a result, VESIcare may help control and reduce OAB symptoms.

      Now that you know how a bladder functions and how VESIcare can help treat OAB symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage, explore the rest of the site and make an appointment to talk to your doctor.

  • Real stories from real patients

    • Inspiring patients talk to you about coping with overactive bladder (OAB)
  • Q&A with Dr. Reed

    • A physician shares her insights and answers questions about overactive bladder (OAB)
  • OAB myths and facts

    • Learn more about this common medical condition

      Myth:

      My overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms just happen. I can't do anything to treat them.

      Fact:

      OAB is a real, common medical condition that can be treated. There are helpful Kegel exercises and lifestyle changes that your doctor may suggest. If your doctor diagnoses OAB, he or she may choose to prescribe a medication like VESIcare to treat symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage. So don't just cope with these OAB symptoms, help manage them instead. Use the Doctor Conversation Guide to get the conversation going.

      Myth:

      Kegel exercises alone can control my bladder leaks.

      Fact:

      Kegel exercises are easy to do and are designed to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder. While they may help some people, these exercises alone may not be enough to reduce your overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms.

      Myth:

      All I need to do to help my bladder symptoms is drink less liquid.

      Fact:

      Using the bathroom 8 or more times a day can be a sign of overactive bladder (OAB), but that doesn't necessarily mean you're drinking too much liquid. OAB is the result of the involuntary contraction of the bladder muscle, which means those urges and leaks can happen before your bladder has expanded to its full size. Make sure you discuss with your doctor how much liquid you drink to see if it's affecting your OAB symptoms.

      Myth:

      My overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms are just a normal part of aging.

      Fact:

      OAB symptoms are not a normal part of aging. Adults of any age can have OAB symptoms, and they may be able to be treated. So if you're dealing with leaky pipes, see your doctor. If he or she diagnoses OAB, ask if treatment options like VESIcare (solifenacin succinate) may help to manage your symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage. Learn more about how VESIcare might help you in How VESIcare Works.

      Myth:

      My bladder symptoms aren't serious enough to discuss with my doctor.

      Fact:

      These symptoms could be a sign of overactive bladder (OAB) or other medical conditions that require medical attention. The frequent urges or leaks of OAB are part of a real medical condition that may affect over 46 million American adults 40 years of age and older at least "sometimes." When you have OAB, always visiting the bathroom can interrupt the things you love to do. If you're experiencing bladder symptoms, don't just put up with them. Make an appointment with your healthcare professional, and use the Doctor Conversation Guide to get the conversation going.

Dr. Reed's Q&A

Dr. Reed discusses what questions doctors ask to help diagnose OAB.

VESIcare Momentum Program

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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.