Q&A with Dr. Reed
A physician answers some common questions about Overactive Bladder (OAB)
Dr. Kelly L. Reed is a family physician based in Urbandale, Iowa. She treats patients with
overactive bladder (OAB), and has a lot of insight to share on ways to manage and treat OAB
symptoms, and how to help patients have productive conversations with their doctors. The
information provided should not be considered medical advice or diagnosis. This information
does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment.
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Q&A with Dr. Reed
A physician shares her insights and answers questions about OAB
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.
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.
A record of your daily bathroom routine
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.
Exercises to tighten and relax the bladder muscle and hold the bladder in its proper position.
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.