Darifenacin: Uses & Side Effects

Darifenacin reduces muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract. It is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder, such as frequent or urgent urination, and incontinence (urine leakage). It may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How to take darifenacin

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medicine with water.

Darifenacin can be taken with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Precautions

You should not take darifenacin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • untreated or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma;
  • a stomach disorder causing delayed emptying; or
  • if you have trouble emptying your bladder.

To make sure darifenacin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • glaucoma;
  • liver disease;
  • ulcerative colitis;
  • a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
  • a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis; or
  • if you have very little urine or a weak stream of urine.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether darifenacin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using darifenacin.

It is not known whether darifenacin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using darifenacin and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain or constipation;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • little or no urinating;
  • pain or burning when you urinate; or
  • signs of dehydration–feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, indigestion;
  • constipation;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • dry mouth; or
  • blurred vision.

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