Vesicare (Solifenacin Succinate) and/or alternatives
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General Information on VESIcare
VESIcare (solifenacin succinate) is used to treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder, including urgent or frequent urination and urine incontinence. This drug works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder and improves the ability of the patient to control his/her urination. Regular use of the drug reduces urine incontinence and other urination problems that manifest due to an overactive bladder.
Side Effects of VESIcare
The possible side effects of this drug include: constipation, stomach pains, stomach upset, dry mouth, cough, dry eyes, blurred vision, and tiredness. In case these common side effects persist or worsen, you should immediately consult your doctor or pharmacist.
In rare cases, this drug may cause serious side effects such as: severe allergic reactions (rashes, itching, hives, tightness in the chest, problems in breathing, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat, and/or unusual hoarseness in the voice), irregular heartbeat, inability to urinate completely (i.e. empty the bladder), cloudy or bloody urine, constipation for 3 or more days, symptoms of kidney infection (a burning sensation while urinating, pain while urinating, pain in the lower back area, and fever), severe pain in the stomach, pain in the area below the ribs, and severe mood swings or mental changes (such as depression, hallucinations, and confusion).
You should contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the above mentioned serious side effects of this drug.
Before you buy VESIcare, you must tell your doctor if you are allergic to Solifenacin or any other drugs. Since the possibility of this drug interacting with certain drugs cannot be completely ruled out, you must inform your doctor about all the current medications that you are presently taking.
Also inform your doctor if you suffer from any of the following conditions: gastric retention (severe blockage in the stomach/intestines), urinary retention (problems with emptying the bladder), bladder outflow obstruction or other bladder problems, liver disease, severe constipation, untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, an enlarged prostate, or a medical history of Long QT syndrome.
Although patients suffering from any of the above conditions can use VESIcare, the doctor may advise dose adjustments or ask you to undergo special tests to ensure the drug’s safety. Additionally, even if there are no clear indications as to whether this drug is harmful to an unborn baby, to be on the safer side, female patients must inform their doctor if they are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. In addition, mothers who are breastfeeding must also talk to their doctor before taking this drug.
This drug can decrease sweating, so while taking this drug, you must make sure your body doesn’t get overheated or dehydrated in hot weather or during exercise. Since blurred vision is listed as one of the possible side effects of VESIcare, avoid driving or using machinery while you are on medication.
The recommended dosage is VESIcare 5 mg once a day. If the recommended dosage is well tolerated by your body, then your doctor may increase the dosage to 10mg once daily. The drug is to be taken orally and can be administered with or without food.
VESIcare has the potential of interacting with other drugs. Therefore, it is recommended that you inform your doctor about all prescription as well as OTC medicines and supplements that you are currently taking. It can have serious interactions with oral potassium tablets or capsules, and with medicines that affect motility of gastro-intestinal tract. The molecule Solifenacin can also interact with antibiotics like erythromycin, ketoconazole and clarithromycin, psychiatric medicines like haloperidol, medications for heart, anti-depressants like Prozac and others, drugs for HIV and many others. The list is by no means complete and therefore it is advised that you do not begin this medicine without first informing your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.