When people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience bladder dysfunction such as urinary frequency and incontinence, doctors may prescribe a medication such as Vesicare (solifenacin succinate).
Vesicare is a medicine for treating overactive bladder with symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage. It is an antimuscarinic drug, which reduces involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles and increases bladder capacity. Vesicare exerts competitive antagonistic effects at the muscarinic receptors, binding to the receptors that help the bladder muscle to contract.
Vesicare’s dosage is initially 5 mg taken orally once daily; the dose may increase to 10 mg a day if the 5 mg dose is well tolerated.
The therapy may cause blurred vision, so use caution while driving or doing unsafe tasks. Common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, and indigestion.
At this point, there are no Vesicare generics available due to patent expiration dates, although one has already been FDA-approved.
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