Toviaz’s generic name is fesoterodine fumarate. It is an effective antispasmodic drug for the urinary tract. This medication helps relieve symptoms of overactive bladder in adults, such as urinary incontinence, urgency, and frequency caused by pregnancy, menopause, and other factors.
Also, this drug is used to treat neurogenic detrusor over activity (NDO) in children six years old and above.
How does Toviaz work?
When you cannot control the muscles in the bladder due to certain illnesses, overactive bladder (OAB) occurs. When you are unable to control these muscles, there will be leaking of urine, a need to urinate right away, and wanting to urinate more often than usual.
When this drug is administered correctly and absorbed into the bloodstream, it works by suppressing the cholinergic receptors in the muscle cells. It will then block the action of acetylcholine (ACh).
ACh is a chemical messenger responsible for inducing smooth muscle contractions, dilatation of blood vessels, and a drop-in heart rate. As a result, it helps the muscles in the bladder to relax, relieving OAB symptoms and improving urinary control.
Toviaz doses depend on your condition, age, weight, and tolerance to the pill. This drug is offered in two strengths: 4 mg and 8 mg per tablet in an extended-release formulation.
The recommended starting dose for adults with OAB and pediatrics with NDO is Toviaz 4 mg, taken once a day. Depending on your response to the treatment, the dosage can be increased to Toviaz 8 mg once a day. Subsequently, the dose for individuals with renal and liver impairment varies depending on their doctor’s assessment.
Directions on how to use Toviaz
To begin, make sure to read all drug guidelines and information thoroughly. Utilize this drug as recommended and as instructed. Do not hesitate to seek help from a qualified professional if there is anything that you do not understand and confuses you in using this drug.
As prescribed, administer this medicine orally once a day, with or without regard to meals. Take this pill with a whole cup of water. Remember not to open, chew, or crush it, because it will jeopardize the effectiveness of the medication.
To prevent missing a dosage, take this oral medication at the same time every day. If you forget to take your medication for the day, skip the missed dose and resume your next dose at the regular time. Double dosing is greatly discouraged.
Toviaz side effects
The following are the most frequently reported side effects of this oral medicine that improve with time and do not require medical attention:
- Dry mouth or eyes
- Urinary tract infection
- Upper lung infection
- Back pain
- Stomach pain
- Weight gain
Tell your healthcare provider immediately if the above symptoms exacerbate over time and if you develop any of the following adverse reactions:
- Cannot fully empty the bladder
- Severe headache
- Swelling (face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Keep in mind that this is not a complete list of the potential health implications related to this drug. Talk to your primary care provider, as other outcomes may occur.
Precautions when using Toviaz
If you have stomach and intestinal problems, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, or renal or liver illness, you must tell your doctor before using this drug. Informing them will ensure that this medication is appropriate for your condition.
Do not use this drug if you have difficulty urinating, urinary problems, narrow-angle glaucoma, and stomach obstructions to avoid aggravating your medical condition.
To avoid unwanted drug interactions, inform your doctor about all medications you are taking.
Avoid using this medication if you have a known allergy to fesoterodine fumarate. When using this medication, watch out for any allergic reactions (rashes, hives, swelling of the face and lips, throat tightness, or difficulty breathing). If any of these signs and symptoms appear, you should seek medical help immediately.
This medication can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid tasks that require alertness to prevent accidents, such as driving or operating machinery.
Toviaz side effects on elderly patients vary from that of younger ones. Before starting this therapy, always make sure to consult your doctor.
Keep this medication out of the reach of children and store it at room temperature. Always protect this drug from moisture.
How much does Toviaz cost?
Drug prices vary depending on strength. You can buy this medication conveniently through our online drugstore. Check the top of this page to see our prices. We need a valid prescription to dispense this medication.
Frequently asked questions
Can Toviaz cause weight gain?
The following are Toviaz’s side effects: weight gain, dry mouth or eyes, constipation, UTI, URTI, back and stomach pain, and headache. If these side effects are bothersome to your day-to-day activity, notify your doctor.
Is Toviaz safe for pregnant and lactating mothers?
For pregnant and breastfeeding women, consult your doctor before using this medication. Remember to discuss the advantages and drawbacks of this medication.
How fast does Toviaz take effect?
The effect differs from person to person, but it usually starts working after two weeks and may take up to 12 weeks to fully recover bladder muscle control.
Is Toviaz an over the counter medication?
No. When buying fesoterodine, you need to acquire a prescription from your doctor.