What is fesoterodine used for?
Fesoterodine is a prescription medicine that is used to treat an overactive bladder.
Fesoterodine fumarate extended-release tablets contains fesoterodine fumarate. Fesoterodine is rapidly de-esterified to its active metabolite (R)-2-(3-diisopropylamino-1-phenylpropyl)-4-hydroxymethyl-phenol, or 5-hydroxymethyl tolterodine, which is a muscarinic receptor antagonist.
Chemically, fesoterodine fumarate is designated as isobutyric acid 2-((R)-3-diisopropylammonium-1 phenylpropyl)-4-(hydroxymethyl) phenyl ester hydrogen fumarate. The empirical formula is C30H41NO7 and its molecular weight is 527.66. The structural formula is:
The asterisk (*) indicates the chiral carbon.
Fesoterodine fumarate is a white to off-white powder, which is freely soluble in water. Each fesoterodine fumarate extended-release tablets contains either 4 mg or 8mg of fesoterodine fumarate and the following inactive ingredients: glyceryl behenate, hypromellose, FD&C Blue #2/Indigo carmine aluminum lake, soya lecithin, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Mechanism of Action
Fesoterodine is a competitive muscarinic receptor antagonist. After oral administration, fesoterodine is rapidly and extensively hydrolyzed by nonspecific esterases to its active metabolite, 5-hydroxymethyl tolterodine, which is responsible for the antimuscarinic activity of fesoterodine.
Muscarinic receptors play a role in contractions of urinary bladder smooth muscle. Inhibition of these receptors in the bladder is presumed to be the mechanism by which fesoterodine produces its effects.
Before taking fesoterodine, tell your doctor:
- If you are allergic to fesoterodine; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma, liver disease, slow clearing of the stomach, or trouble passing urine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with fesoterodine.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take fesoterodine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take fesoterodine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take fesoterodine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how fesoterodine affects you.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Be careful in hot weather or while being active. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
- A very bad reaction called angioedema has happened with fesoterodine. Sometimes, this may be life-threatening. Signs may include swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; trouble swallowing; or unusual hoarseness. Get medical help right away if you have any of these signs.
- If you are 75 or older, use fesoterodine with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using fesoterodine while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is fesoterodine best taken?
Use fesoterodine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Keep taking fesoterodine as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take more than 1 dose of fesoterodine in the same day.
What are the side effects of fesoterodine that I need to call my doctor about immediately?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Not sweating during activities or in warm temperatures.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Feeling sleepy.
What are some other side effects of fesoterodine?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Dry mouth.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If overdose is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out fesoterodine?
- Store at room temperature.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 4 MG TABLET BOTTLE LABEL
- Fesoterodine Fumarate Extended-release Tablets
- 4 mg
- Rx Only
- 30 Tablets
- NDC 67877-064-30
PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 8 MG TABLET BOTTLE LABEL
- Fesoterodine Fumarate Extended-release Tablets
- 8 mg
- Rx Only
- 90 Tablets
- NDC 67877-068-90
SRC: NLM .