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What Is Fesoterodine Used For?

Fesoterodine is a drug that is used for treating an overactive bladder in adults. Specifically, it is used to relieve symptoms such as frequent urination, leaking accidents, and sudden urges to urinate. Although healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label uses for prescription medicines, there are currently no universally accepted off-label uses of fesoterodine.

What Is Fesoterodine Used For? -- An Overview

Fesoterodine fumarate (Toviaz™) is a prescription medication approved for relieving the symptoms of an overactive bladder. It belongs to a group of medications known as anticholinergics or (more specifically) antimuscarinics. It is an extended-release medication that is taken just once a day.
 
The bladder is a muscular organ. Normally, the bladder slowly fills until nerve signals tell your brain that the bladder is full and you need to use the bathroom. Then the bladder muscles contract when you urinate. However, in some people, the bladder muscles contract frequently and spastically. This causes the following overactive bladder symptoms:
 
  • A frequent need to urinate (usually defined as needing to go more than eight times a day)
  • Leaking accidents (known as urinary incontinence or urge incontinence)
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate.
     
An overactive bladder may sometimes be caused by other medical problems, such as an enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). In these cases, it is usually best to treat the underlying problem instead of using fesoterodine. The medication is not approved for other types of bladder problems.
 
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