Hi,my husband had his prostate removed 10 years ago, then had an artificial sphincter fitted a year later. In the last 18 months he has experienced urgency and frequency to a point, if he knows we are going out he will not drink anything. He has been prescribed Solifenacin. I would be very interested to hear if anyone had had experience of this medication
Hi Leanne. Sorry I don't have any experience of Solfenacin but I did have similar symptoms after having 20 sessions of RT in Feb/Mar 2019.
Our GP practice had a cancer specialist nurse and she was brilliant. She suggested keeping a "Bladder Diary" by measuring both intake and outflow (get a cheap measuring jug from B&Q and throw it away afterwards) for a week to see where the peaks and troughs are. I was advised to immediately give up both alcohol and caffeine, which I did. I only drank water, Redbush tea and Twinings Turmeric infusions for a long time, but since the start of 2020 I have reintroduced coffee in the mornings and an occasional glass of wine (probably once or twice a month). I also try to restrict my fluid intake to the mornings and take very little after lunch otherwise I'm up several times a night for a pee.
I also restrict intake if I know we are going out in the morning. I will then take more during the afternoon to compensate but of course the consequence is getting up in the night! A useful tip is to carry a wide-necked screw-top bottle in the car and empty the bladder when you get to wherever you are going.
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I take a mix of solefinacin and something else (sorry can't remember the name and don't have a pack I can check on now as all in my dosset box and waiting another repeat prescription) in a tablet called Vesomni. My urological problems were not all caused by prostate problems or by prostate cancer but by a weak bladder. I have taken many different tablets and now take this one which was recommended by other gents in the Walnut Club - the Maggies prostate cancer club. I am told there is nothing better than this. there are other medications that can be used so if this doesn't agree with your husband there are others he can change to. I have not had any side effects that I know of from any of the medications I have been on other than dry mouth from desmopressin which I took many years ago. The best advice I was given was to not drink any liquids after 6/7pm. I drink decaff coffee and tea and hardly any alcohol. Other than that i drink water frequently during the early part of the day and my last drink is a decaff coffee at about 6 - 6.30. One of the many urologists I have seen also said it was a good idea to elevate my feet for a couple of hours before going to bed - ie in a recliner chair as this should level all the fluids and mean that I can urinate before bed and therefore shouldn't get up too many times in the night. I still get up and I still have problems with my bladder after all the investigations, urology diary and various tests and treatments but I imagine it would be worse without the medication and if I drank caffeinated drinks.
I now take solifenacin every day. It has improved my symptoms no end. I recovered continence well after surgery in 2015 but after salvage radiotherapy in 2017 I would have random leaks, solifenacin has helped with this.
thanks for replying
we carry a jar,
so far so good , the urgency seems to have lessened.
thsnks for replying , I would be interested in the name of th3 other medication.
mick doesn’t seem to have any problems at night, we only drink decaf tea and coffee.
Hi thanks for replying,
im glad that this med has good results .
Hi, Sorry for taking so long to reply have been out gardening while we had the good sunshiny days and my son visited yesterday so this is the first time i have been on here for days. Vesomni is a combined tablet of 6mgsolifenacin succinate and 0.4mg tamsulosin hydrochloride. Both are also used on their own too.
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