Toviaz is an anticholinergic medication prescribed to treat those who have an overactive bladder (OAB) and are tired of constant trips to the washroom or having to urinate urgently, and having “accidents” before you make it to the toilet in time. These situations can be embarrassing, cause you time loss from work, and you are less likely to want to be out window shopping, jogging, and meeting friends for coffee when you have to always be on the lookout for washrooms.
OAB affects more women than men, mainly due to menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause that affect estrogen levels and pelvic-floor muscles that have weakened over time. Once your gynecologist or urologist has established that there are no other conditions or medications that could be causing OAB, Toviaz may be prescribed for you.
The active ingredient of Toviaz is Fesoterodine Fumarate, an extended-release formula that should only require you to take it once a day. Toviaz will work to block acetylcholine, a chemical in your body that sends signals to your bladder to contract. This will reduce the feeling that you have to urinate numerous times a day and during the night as well as the urgent feeling that you must urinate right away. Now you will not feel embarrassed to be out socially, you can sleep through the night, and there’s no need to make a mental note of every washroom you pass.
Your bladder is similar to a balloon as it expands to accommodate the urine you are producing. Once it feels it is full, a message is sent to your brain that it’s time to empty it and begin again. Your bladder muscle contracts and the flow of urine begins and your bladder regains its normal size. An overactive bladder contracts too soon so you feel you must urinate, but only a small amount comes out. This can happen many times throughout the day and night. You should not rely solely on any drug to treat your overactive bladder if you are healthy otherwise. There are lifestyle changes and behavior modifications that your urologist or doctor can explain to you to help your situation.
Ask your doctor if Toviaz is safe for your unborn or nursing baby if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and provide your doctor with a list of any OTC or Rx medicine you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements. This allows your doctor to make an informed decision as to whether Toviaz is the right drug for your situation.
Toviaz may cause dizziness or blurred vision so you should not drive, operate machinery, or carry out any tasks considered unsafe until you know how your body will react. Be patient! You may need to take Toviaz for a few weeks before you notice a change for the better. Try to avoid hot environments as your ability to perspire could be affected and you can become dehydrated easily.