UrologyGood news for people with Overactive Bladder.
Vesicare is fully funded.
Funding criteria applies.What is Overactive Bladder?
Overactive Bladder (OAB) is one of the most common bladder problems. It affects both men and women and can occur at any age.
Many people think it’s a normal part of the aging process. But it is definitely not. And it’s something you don’t have to put up with. Do you have Overactive Bladder?
One of the major symptoms (or signs) of OAB is a sudden and strong urge to go to the toilet and not be able to hold on.
This is because an overactive bladder is one that tends to contract when you don’t want it to, which explains why people suffering from OAB commonly complain that when they need to go, they need to go NOW!
They also report the following symptoms:
- Frequent trips to the toilet – up to 8 times a day with a bladder that is usually not full
- Urge incontinence – have leaked or wet themselves before reaching the toilet
- Nocturia – waking up more than twice a night to go to the toilet
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may have Overactive Bladder.
How is Overactive Bladder treated?
First, you need to talk to your doctor. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable discussing your bladder problems with your doctor because he or she is very familiar with these symptoms. Your doctor will make sure your Overactive Bladder symptoms are not due to other underlying conditions.
More importantly, they can tell you about treatment options that may help you manage your problems better.
One of these treatments is VESICARE, a fully funded prescription medicine.
Medications such as VESICARE are used to reduce bladder muscle contractions when the bladder is only partially filled. The bladder muscle relaxes and allows the bladder to fill more completely. As a result, you experience fewer sudden urges, less need to use the toilet, and have fewer accidental leaks.
What is VESICARE?
VESICARE is a prescription medicine that’s highly effective in treating all the symptoms of Overactive Bladder and is proven to:
- Reduce the number of times you get a sudden urge to urinate
- Reduce the number of times that you urinate each day
- Increase your warning time when you realise you need to urinate
- Prevent or reduce urine leakage
- Reduce the number of times you wake up to urinate during the night
How is VESICARE different?
You may have previously been prescribed other medicines (for example oxybutynin) that haven’t suited you, or have given you side effects such as dry mouth.
The good news is that VESICARE has been proven to be a well-tolerated medicine for the treatment of Overactive Bladder.
Of the patients who do experience dry mouth while taking VESICARE, most report that it is mild in nature and rarely affects their ability to continue the treatment.
The most common side effects are dry mouth, constipation, nausea and blurred vision. All medicines have risks and benefits and if you have any concerns or experience any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacy as soon as possible.
How much does VESICARE cost?
From 1st January 2010 VESICARE is fully funded under Special Authority, for anyone who was previously prescribed oxybutynin but who decided to stop using this treatment due to side effects.
All you’ll pay are normal doctor’s fees and pharmacy charges.
To see if you qualify, simply make an appointment with your doctor and ask if VESICARE is right for you.
How quickly can I expect results?
VESICARE is a once-a-day tablet that can be taken any time of the day, with or without food.
VESICARE starts working within 7 days of commencing treatment and your Overactive Bladder symptoms should continue to improve with ongoing usage.
If your symptoms have not improved after 4 weeks, your doctor can prescribe a higher dose.
Vesicare® (Film-coated tablets contain 5 mg or 10 mg of Solifenacin succinate)
Vesicare® is a funded prescription medicine for patients that meet special medical criteria. Normal doctor’s fees and pharmacy charges will apply.
Vesicare is used to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder which include needing to rush to the toilet to urinate without warning, needing to urinate frequently, or wetting yourself because you did not get to the toilet in time. Vesicare has benefits and risks. Do not use Vesicare if you suffer from an inability to urinate or empty your bladder completely; have high pressure in the eyes with gradual loss of eye sight; extreme weakness in certain muscles; suffer from a severe stomach or bowel condition; are undergoing kidney dialysis; have severe or moderate liver disease; have severe kidney disease; are taking medicines that can decrease the removal of Vesicare from the body; are allergic to solifenacin succinate or any other component of the product. Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Vesicare tablets affect you. Tell your doctor if you are at risk of your digestive system slowing down; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breastfeeding; are using any other medicines including those for which you needed no prescription; have or have had blockage to your bladder which causes you to have difficulty urinating or an obstruction in your digestive system. As with any medicine some side effects may occur. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any unpleasant effects or notice any of the following: dry mouth, throat, skin, eyes, nasal passages; constipation; bowel obstruction; feeling sick; indigestion; abdominal or stomach pain; blurred vision; confusion; tiredness; drowsiness; abnormal sense of taste; decreased appetite; vomiting; dizziness; headache; voice impairment; liver disorder; kidney impairment; hallucinations; heartburn; fast or irregular heartbeat; high potassium levels; glaucoma; signs of a urinary tract infection or an inflamed bladder such as pain on urination, urge to urinate, frequent urination or blood in the urine; sudden signs of allergic reactions such as rash, itching or hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, or swelling of limbs, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice swelling of the feet or legs or difficulty in passing urine or unable to pass urine. Always use Vesicare strictly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Speak to your doctor to see if Vesicare is right for you.
For further information, consult your doctor. Additional consumer medicine information can be obtained from Seqirus (NZ) Ltd, PO Box 62 590 Greenlane, Auckland 1546. Freephone 0800 502 757 or
www.seqirus.co.nz Vesicare is a registered trademark owned by Astellas Pharma Europe B.V. Based on the Vesicare consumer medicine information dated May 2013.
For further information, click on the helpful links below.
International Continence Society
everybody.co.nz – Continence
Consumer Medicine Information
Medicine Data Sheet
Last Updated: 23-01-2017