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    Information about Solifenacin

    Solifenacin uses

    Solifenacin is used in the treatment of Overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. OAB is a collection of urinary symptoms, including frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and inability to control urination.

    How solifenacin works

    Solifenacin is an antimuscarinic. It works by relaxing muscles of the urinary bladder and prevents frequent, urgent or uncontrolled urination.

    Common side effects of solifenacin

    Dryness in mouth, Nausea, Constipation, Abdominal pain, Dyspepsia, Blurred vision

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    Expert advice for Solifenacin

    • Reduces abnormal contractions of bladder.
    • Can take up to 4 weeks before you see an improvement in your symptoms.
    • Helpful in men with urinary symptoms caused by enlarged prostate.
    • Avoid caffeine, alcohol or carbonated drinks as they can worsen your symptoms.
    • Side effects are mild and usually include dry mouth and eyes, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision and sleepiness.

    Frequently asked questions for Solifenacin


    Q. How does solifenacin work?

    It acts by reducing contractions in the muscles of the urinary bladder and tract

    Q. What is it used for?

    Solifenacin is used to treat patients who suffer from urinary incontinence (inability to control urine) and increased urinary frequency, which is usually caused by an overactive bladder. It belongs to a antimuscarinic class of medication

    Q. Is solifenacin an antibiotic/ sulfa drug/steroid/anticholinergic?

    Solifenacin is not an antibiotic/sulfa drug/steroid. It is a type of anticholinergic which is called antimuscarinic (acts only against muscarinic receptors)

    Q. What is solifenacin succinate tablet?

    Solifenacin succinate is the tablet formulation of solifenacin

    Q. Is solifenacin safe?

    Solifenacin is safe when taken for an indication and at a dose strictly instructed by your doctor

    Q. How quickly does solifenacin work?

    Solifenacin should be taken for 4 weeks at least before major improvements are observed

    Q. Does solifenacin cause weight gain/fluid or water retention?

    Solifenacin has some side effects like fluid or water retention. It is not known to cause weight gain. If side effects are observed then consult the doctor immediately

    Q. Does it affect the contraceptive pill?

    It is not known to affect the contraceptive pill.

    Q. Is Solifenacin same as Tamsulosin?

    No, Solifenacin is not same as Tamsulosin. Both belong to different classes of drugs. Tamsulosin is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia whereas Solifenacin is used to treat overactive bladder.

    Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)