VESIcare Side Effects
Constipation, dry mouth, and nausea are some of the most commonly reported side effects of VESIcare. Those that are not as common (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people taking the drug) include fatigue, vomiting, and cough. Certain problems, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider, including severe constipation, depression, and an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with VESIcare® (solifenacin succinate); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with VESIcare. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of VESIcare side effects with you.)
VESIcare has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to those that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what problems occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common VESIcare side effects included:
- Dry mouth -- in up to 27.6 percent of people (see VESIcare and Dry Mouth)
- Constipation -- up to 13.4 percent (see VESIcare and Constipation)
- Blurred vision -- up to 4.8 percent
- Urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection) -- up to 4.8 percent
- Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 3.9 percent
- Nausea -- up to 3.3 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people, included:
- Upper abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Sore throat
- The flu
- Dry eyes
- Swelling or water retention in the calves, ankles, or feet
- High blood pressure (hypertension).