What is Vesigard?
Vesigard (darifenacin) reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract. Vesigard is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination, and incontinence (urine leakage). Vesigard may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take Vesigard if you are have untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, a stomach disorder causing delayed emptying, or if you have trouble emptying your bladder. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Vesigard can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke. Stop using this medication and call your doctor if you have serious side effects such as hot and dry skin, extreme thirst, severe stomach pain or constipation, pain or burning when you urinate, or if you stop urinating. This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take Vesigard if you are allergic to darifenacin, or if you have: untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma; a stomach disorder causing delayed emptying; or if you have trouble emptying your bladder. To make sure Vesigard is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: glaucoma; liver disease; ulcerative colitis; a blockage in your stomach or intestines; a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or if you have very little urine or a weak stream of urine.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Vesigard will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
How should I take Vesigard?
Take Vesigard exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Take this medicine with water. Vesigard can be taken with or without food. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Vesigard dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Urinary Incontinence: Initial dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily with liquid & The dosage may be increased to 15 mg orally once daily two weeks after starting therapy.
Usual Adult Dose for Urinary Frequency: Initial dose: 7.5 mg orally once daily with liquid & The dosage may be increased to 15 mg orally once daily two weeks after starting therapy.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose can cause vision problems.
What should I avoid while taking Vesigard?
This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Vesigard side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Vesigard: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Vesigard and call your doctor at once if you have: severe stomach pain or constipation; confusion, hallucinations; little or no urinating; pain or burning when you urinate; or signs of dehydration–feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.
Common Vesigard side effects may include: nausea, indigestion; constipation; headache, dizziness; dry mouth; or blurred vision.
What other drugs will affect Vesigard?
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Vesigard, especially: clarithromycin; flecainide; thioridazine; an antidepressant–amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, nefazodone, nortriptyline; antifungal medicine–itraconazole, ketoconazole; or HIV or AIDS medicine–nelfinavir, ritonavir. This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with darifenacin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.