Solifenacin is commonly sold under the brand name Vesicare.
This medication is used to treat overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. This condition is characterized by a sudden and frequent urge to urinate and is often accompanied by urinary incontinence (leakage) as well as an increased frequency of urination.
Solifenacin works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder.
Side Effects: Like any medication, Solifenacin can cause side effects. Common side effects of Solifenacin include:
Dry Mouth: This is one of the most common side effects. It occurs due to decreased saliva production and can lead to a dry, sticky feeling in the mouth.
Constipation: Solifenacin can slow down bowel movements, leading to constipation in some individuals.
Blurred Vision: Some people may experience blurred vision or difficulty focusing on nearby objects.
Dizziness or Drowsiness: Solifenacin might cause dizziness or drowsiness, which can impact your ability to perform tasks that require alertness.
Difficulty Emptying the Bladder: In some cases, Solifenacin can lead to difficulty in completely emptying the bladder, which could result in urinary retention.
Nausea or Upset Stomach: Some individuals may experience stomach discomfort or nausea.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Although less common, UTIs can occur as a side effect of Solifenacin.
Allergic Reactions: While rare, allergic reactions like rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing may occur.
If you experience any severe side effects while taking Solifenacin, it's important to contact your healthcare provider for guidance.
As with any medication, it's essential to discuss your medical history and any other medications you are taking with your healthcare provider before starting Solifenacin.