What is VESIcare?
The prescription medication Vesicare is the brand name of the generic drug Solifenacin and is used to treat certain bladder problems. Solifenacin belongs to a group of drugs referred to as antimuscarinic or anticholinergic medications. The drug works by blocking specific receptors in the bladder known as muscarinic receptors.
Vesicare comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. Tablets are available in strengths of 5 mg and 10 mg. The recommended starting dose of Vesicare is 5 mg daily. If the 5 mg dose is well tolerated, the dosage may be raised to 10 mg a day.
Vesicare is primarily used to treat bladder problems such as sudden or frequent urges to urinate, leaking accidents and frequent urination. Solifenacin treats these symptoms of an overactive bladder by helping the bladder muscles to relax. As an overactive bladder is often caused by muscles that contract too frequently and uncontrollably, Vesicare can help relieve several of the associated symptoms.
Sometimes an overactive bladder is the result of other medical problems such as an enlarged prostate. In these cases it’s better to treat the underlying problem than to use Vesicare. The drug is not approved for use in children and there are currently no widely accepted off-label uses for Vesicare.