What is Solifenacin used for?
Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder with symptoms such as urinary incontinence, urinary frequency as well as urinary urgency. It reduces muscle spasms of the urinary tract and bladder. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Solifenacin?
The dosage of Solifenacin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Solifenacin can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Solifenacin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Solifenacin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, instead skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Solifenacin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of Solifenacin include dry skin, abdominal pain, blurred vision, severe constipation, and tremors.
What other drugs could interact with Solifenacin?
- Arsenic trioxide
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Solifenacin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Solifenacin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Solifenacin can interact with antidepressants, heart rhythm medicines, antibiotics, AIDS medicines, drugs for psychiatric disorders, and narcotic drugs.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Solifenacin?
Like other medicines, Solifenacin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Solifenacin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Solifenacin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Solifenacin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Solifenacin can cause side effects such as constipation, dry eyes, indigestion, heat prostration, nausea, dizziness, fever, body aches, dry mouth, and blurred vision. Some of the serious side effects of this medicine are extreme thirst, burning during urination, hot and dry skin, and severe abdominal pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Solifenacin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Solifenacin?
Is it possible for me to take Solifenacin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Solifenacin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Solifenacin?
How will Solifenacin work in my body?
How should Solifenacin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Solifenacin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Solifenacin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug. Solifenacin is not recommended for use by pregnant women or nursing mothers. Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, liver disease, stomach disorders, kidney disease, or a history of long QT syndrome. While taking this drug, care should be taken to prevent heat strokes as well as dehydration during exercise. Caution needs to be exercised while driving, as this drug may impair your vision.