Fesoterodine is prescribed for the treatment of specific bladder issues such as overactive bladder and neurogenic detrusor overactivity. Symptoms of these conditions may involve frequent urination, strong and sudden urges to urinate that are difficult to control, or involuntary loss of urine.
By easing the muscles in the bladder, fesoterodine enhances your ability to manage urination. It aids in the reduction of urine leakage, the feeling of immediate need to urinate, and frequent visits to the restroom. This medication is categorized as an antispasmodic drug.
Uses and Dosage
Fesoterodine is an extended-release tablet that is consumed orally, with or without food, once a day. Take the medication at the same time each day and follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Take the medicine exactly as instructed, neither more nor less often than prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the whole tablets with a generous amount of liquid, without crushing, splitting, or chewing them.
If your symptoms are not under control, your doctor may begin you on a low dosage of fesoterodine and gradually increase it. Discuss with your doctor how fesoterodine is functioning for you.
Your symptoms should begin to improve within the first few weeks of fesoterodine therapy. However, it may take up to 12 weeks to experience the full benefits of the medication. If your symptoms do not improve after using fesoterodine for a few weeks, notify your doctor.
While fesoterodine may help alleviate your symptoms, it will not cure your condition. Continue taking the medication even if you feel better. Do not stop taking fesoterodine without consulting your doctor, as discontinuing the medication may cause your symptoms to reappear.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- dry mouth
- difficulty emptying the bladder
- dry eyes
- dry throat
- back pain
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, or lips
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, particularly to fesoterodine, tolterodine, or any other substances. This medication may contain inactive components that can trigger allergic reactions or other issues.
Prior to taking this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have issues emptying your bladder, severe stomach/intestinal obstruction, stomach/intestinal disorder, a specific eye condition (narrow-angle glaucoma), severe constipation, kidney disease, liver disease, or a particular muscle condition (myasthenia gravis).
This medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurry vision. Alcohol or marijuana may intensify these effects. Until you can safely perform activities that need alertness or clear vision, such as driving or operating machinery, avoid engaging in such activities.
This medication may reduce sweating. In hot weather, saunas, or during exercise or other demanding activities, avoid becoming overheated since heatstroke can occur.
Older adults may be more susceptible to the side effects of this medication, particularly dizziness, dry mouth, and constipation.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only if it is absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and advantages with your doctor.
It is not clear if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Toviaz is available in the following forms and strengths:
Toviaz prolonged-release tablet:
What’s the best time of day to take Toviaz?
Toviaz can be taken at any time of the day.
How long does it take for Toviaz to start working?
Your symptoms should begin to improve during the first few weeks of your treatment with Toviaz. However, it may take up to 12 weeks for you to feel the full benefit.