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How your bladder works
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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.
A Normal BladderFor 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?
An Overactive BladderFor 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 an Overactive BladderCommon 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 WorksA 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.
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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.
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.