Solifenacin is one of the medicines which can be used in thetreatment of overactive bladder, usually with the purpose of increasing thecontrol of wetting accidents, and decreasing the need for frequent urination.Since the doctor is supposed to prescribe this medicine, before he does that,he will probably ask the patient about his health history. Here is importantfor the patient to inform his doctor if he has some kind of a kidney or liverdisease, or if he has glaucoma, or intestinal obstruction. Patients, who havecertain allergic reactions to some medicines or even foods, should not skipthat part either, because the use of solifenacin in such cases may causeserious side effects. Women who are pregnant or who are only planning to staypregnant in the near future, as well as the women who are breastfeeding, shouldinform their doctor about this detail, too, because special care may be neededin such cases, as well as in cases with children.
If a patient is already using some other medicines, or evensupplements, the doctor should know about it, too, since solifenacin should notbe combined with certain medicines due to the serious side effects which mightbe the result of it. Some of such medicines are atropine, oxybutynin andmedicines which are used in the treatment of fungal infections, but for thefull list, contact your doctor. Some of the side effects can be the result of theinteraction of solifenacin with alcohol or cigarettes.
Since this medicine should be used for at least two or threemonths before the beneficial influence can be noticed, some of the possible andnot alarming side effects which may occur are dizziness or drowsiness, which iswhy people who use it are highly advised not to drive in that period.Constipation, cough, dry mouth and eyes, and even blurred vision are alsocommon side effects which do not require any medical attention, since they areusually only temporary, and they tend to go off after some time. But, if any ofthese symptoms persist for over a month, or if a patient feels the inability toempty the bladder, or if serious headaches, stomach pain, pain while urinating,irregular heartbeat, changes of mood and even depression occur, those arealready signs which should not be ignored and which imply that medicalattention is necessary. However, in order to reduce the possibility of theappearance of serious side effects, it is important that the patient informsthe doctor about the health condition and it is important to follow the giveninstructions and dosage.