December 21, 2014
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Toviaz

(fesoterodine)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02380021 TOVIAZ 4MG EXTENDED-RELEASE TAB
02380048 TOVIAZ 8MG EXTENDED-RELEASE TAB

How does Toviaz work? What will it do for me?

Fesoterodine belongs to the family of medications called anticholinergics. It is also an antispasmodic. Fesoterodine is used to treat symptoms associated with an overactive bladder, such as urinary urgency (a need to urinate right away), urinary frequency, or urge incontinence (leaking or wetting caused by an unstoppable urge to urinate).

This medication works by preventing contractions or spasms of the muscles in the bladder. This helps to increase bladder capacity and to reduce the involuntary loss of urine, the urge to pass urine, and the frequency of urination.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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How should I use Toviaz?

The usual starting dose of fesoterodine for adults is 4 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase the dose to a maximum of 8 mg once daily. Your doctor may recommend the lower 4 mg once-daily dose if you have certain medical conditions such as severe kidney problems. Fesoterodine may be taken with or without food. Swallow the tablet whole with some liquid. Do not chew, crush, or divide the tablet.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from moisture, and keep it out of reach of children. 

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Toviaz come in?

4 mg
Each light blue extended-release tablet with "FS" engraved contains 4 mg fesoterodine fumarate. Non-medicinal ingredients: glyceryl behenate, hypromellose, Indigo Carmine Aluminum Lake, lactose monohydrate, soya lecithin, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol/macrogol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, titanium dioxide, and xylitol.

8 mg
Each blue extended-release tablet with "FT" engraved contains 8 mg fesoterodine fumarate. Non-medicinal ingredients: glyceryl behenate, hypromellose, Indigo Carmine Aluminum Lake, lactose monohydrate, soya lecithin, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol/macrogol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, titanium dioxide, and xylitol.

Who should NOT take Toviaz?

Do not use fesoterodine if you:

  • are allergic to fesoterodine, tolterodine, soya, peanuts, lactose, or any ingredients of the medication
  • have urinary retention (problems emptying your bladder)
  • have gastric retention (stomach obstruction or problems affecting the passage and digestion of food)
  • have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (an eye condition)

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