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Certain bladder problems can be treated with VESIcare. Uses of the medication specifically include the treatment of overactive bladder symptoms, such as sudden or frequent urges to urinate, leaking accidents, and frequent urination. VESIcare is not approved for use in children, and there are no generally accepted off-label VESIcare uses at this time.
VESIcare® (solifenacin succinate) is a prescription medication approved for treating the symptoms of an overactive bladder. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or antimuscarinics.
An overactive bladder is caused by contractions of the bladder muscle that are too frequent and usually uncontrollable. Normally, the bladder fills slowly until nerve signals tell your brain that the bladder is full and you need to use the bathroom. Then the bladder muscles contract when you urinate. However, in some people, the muscles contract frequently and spastically. This causes the following overactive bladder symptoms:
- A frequent need to urinate (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times in 24 hours)
- Sudden, frequent urges to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
- Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence).
Sometimes, an overactive bladder is caused by other medical problems, such as an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). In these cases, it is usually best to treat the underlying problem instead of using VESIcare. The medication is not approved for other types of bladder problems.
VESIcare works by binding to specific receptors in the bladder, called muscarinic receptors, which helps the muscles of the bladder to relax. Since an overactive bladder is often caused by muscles that contract too frequently and uncontrollably, VESIcare can help relieve many of the associated symptoms.