Darifenacin is indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder, characterized by involuntary and excessive contraction of the bladder muscles, resulting in symptoms such as frequent urination, urgent need to urinate, and lack of urinary control. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as antimuscarinics, which function by inducing relaxation of the bladder muscles, thereby mitigating the occurrence of urgent, frequent, or uncontrolled urination.
Uses and Dosage
Administer this medication orally, with or without food, following the instructions provided by your physician, typically once daily. Ingest the medication with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters).
Consume the tablets whole and refrain from crushing or chewing them, as this may result in the rapid release of the entire drug content, elevating the likelihood of encountering adverse effects.
Adhere to a regular dosing schedule to maximize the therapeutic benefits. To assist with adherence, take the medication at the same time each day.
The prescribed dosage is contingent upon your medical condition, response to treatment, and concurrent use of other medications.
Avoid increasing the dosage or employing this medication more frequently or for a longer duration than prescribed. Accelerating the treatment will not expedite your recovery and may heighten the risk of encountering adverse effects.
Notify your doctor if your condition does not show signs of improvement or if it worsens.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- dry mouth
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
- dry eyes
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- difficulty urinating or being unable to urinate
- burning pain during urination
Prior to initiating darifenacin, inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any known allergies you may have, including allergies to this specific medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing treatment with this medication, disclose your complete medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of difficulty urinating, bladder-related issues, stomach or intestinal blockage, liver disease, personal or family history of glaucoma (specifically angle-closure type), bowel disease, slowed movement of the stomach or intestines, constipation, enlarged prostate, or a specific muscle or nerve disorder called myasthenia gravis.
This drug may induce dizziness or blurred vision. Consumption of alcohol or marijuana can intensify these effects. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require alertness or clear vision until you can safely do so.
This medication may cause decreased sweating, thereby increasing the risk of heat stroke. Avoid activities that may lead to overheating, such as strenuous work or exercise in hot weather, as well as the use of hot tubs. When the weather is hot, ensure adequate fluid intake and dress lightly. If you experience overheating, promptly seek a cool environment and rest. Seek immediate medical assistance if you have an unrelenting fever, changes in mental state or mood, headache, or dizziness.
During pregnancy, use this medication only if it is clearly necessary and as advised by your doctor. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.
It is unclear whether this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to make an informed decision.
Form and Strength
Enablex is available in the following forms and strengths:
Enablex extended-release tablet:
darifenacin ER extended-release tablet:
How long does it take for Enablex to work?
It can take 2 weeks before you notice any improvement in your OAB symptoms.
Does Enablex cause weight gain?
Weight gain is a known side effect of Enablex, but it’s not very common. In studies, 1% to 2% of people gained weight.