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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
VESICARE is a medication used to reduce muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract. Some patients may also use it to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination, and incontinence (urine leakage).
Take VESICARE as exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take VESICARE with water. VESICARE can be taken with or without food.
VESICARE may not be right for all patients. It is important for patients to discuss the risks and benefits of this medication.
You should not use VESICARE if you are allergic to solifenacin, or have certain conditions. Be sure your doctor knows if you have:
Serious side effects of VESICARE may include:
Seek emergency medical attention if you have signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing and/or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects or any side effect that bothers you or that do not go away.