What is Solifenacin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vesicare

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Solifenacin is an anticholinergic medication used to treat overactive bladder. It works by relaxing the bladder muscles to prevent urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination. It comes as a tablet taken by mouth, usually once a day, with or without food.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bladder problems 167 97
Frequent urination 84 46
Urinary incontinence 59 25
Multiple sclerosis 14 5
Urinary urgency 9 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 11
Moderate 24
Mild 33
None 104

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Solifenacin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 25
Constipation 6
Blurry vision 3
Urinary retention 3
Dry throat 2
Excessive dry mouth 2

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Solifenacin

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mg daily 14
10 mg daily 14
5 mg twice daily 2
20 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Solifenacin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 44
Other 26
Side effects too severe 25
Doctor's advice 20
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
Personal research 8
Course of treatment ended 4
See all 119 patients who've stopped taking Solifenacin

Duration

Currently taking Solifenacin

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Solifenacin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 13
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 137
Usually 24
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 136
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 9
$100-199 5
$50-99 9
$25-49 30
< $25 48
Not specified 71

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Solifenacin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 15
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 4
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 3
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 1

Patients stopped taking Solifenacin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 7
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 6
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 3
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Solifenacin

Jan 19, 2019 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Mar 5, 2017 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Nov 19, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: i'm remaining at 10 mg, since it works so well.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 25, 2016 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I'm still very pleased with how Vesicare continues to provide relief.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 26, 2015 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm taking one 10mg pill a day, due to new insurance policies.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 24, 2012 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I usually split the dosage in two (morning & night), which extends my bladder calmness through the full day; but presently I take the full dosage in the morning, to counter-balance the 80 mg water pill (for edema). This forces the body to unload the bulk of it's water holding, each morning (roughly, every five to ten minutes for five hours) This way my evenings are more free for errands and shopping.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 5, 2010 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My daily dosage of 10mg has eliminated both daytime frequency and urgency concerns so well that next month I will increase the dose to 20mg. This way I hope to extend the benefits to all day relief. And be able to stop taking Imipramine, which I've been using to attain a fuller night's sleep, as it decreased the number of night time bathroom trips I need.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 21, 2008 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Better relief of bladder urgency than Detrol-LA or Oxbutynin.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Mar 27, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bladder problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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