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 165 89
Frequent urination 83 43
Urinary incontinence 54 25
Multiple sclerosis 14 5
Urinary urgency 9 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 27
Mild 35
None 96

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Solifenacin

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 25
Constipation 8
Urinary retention 4
Blurry vision 3
Dry throat 2
Excessive dry mouth 2

Show all 24 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Solifenacin

Dosage Patients
5 mg daily 29
10 mg daily 27
20 mg daily 3
15 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Solifenacin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 45
Other 25
Side effects too severe 22
Doctor's advice 19
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 7
Course of treatment ended 4
See all 114 patients who've stopped taking Solifenacin

Duration

Currently taking Solifenacin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Solifenacin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 27
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 132
Usually 23
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 131
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 6
$50-99 12
$25-49 32
< $25 46
Not specified 62

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Solifenacin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 14
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 4
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 2
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1
Fesoterodine (Toviaz) 1

Patients stopped taking Solifenacin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Oxybutynin (Oxybutynin ER) 6
mirabegron (Myrbetriq) 5
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Tolterodine (Detrol LA) 2
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for Solifenacin

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Jan 05, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for frequent urination)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • 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 frequent urination)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • 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 frequent urination)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bladder problems)
  • 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

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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

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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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