OAB Conversation Starters
It can be difficult talking with your doctor about your overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. These conversation starters and questions can help make your discussion a little easier. Print them out and bring them to your next appointment. Remember, these are just suggestions and may not apply to everyone. You may also come up with your own to share with your doctor.

If you plan to talk with your doctor about your symptoms, you could open the conversation with phrases like:

  • I urinate frequently and sometimes without warning
  • I sometimes leak before I can get to the bathroom
  • I need to go to the bathroom a lot
 

If your doctor says you have overactive bladder, you may want to ask:

  • What do you think is causing my OAB symptoms?
  • Are my OAB symptoms treatable?
  • Could medication help my OAB symptoms?
  • Will medication cure my problem?
  • Is there any reason I shouldn't take an OAB medication?
  • What can I expect from treatment?
  • Might Toviaz work for me?
  • How long will it take for Toviaz to work?
  • How long will I have to take Toviaz?
  • What are the side effects of Toviaz?
  • What else can I do to manage my symptoms?
  • Can you recommend lifestyle changes that might help my OAB symptoms?
  • Should I make any dietary changes?
  • Is there anything I can do to make my pelvic floor muscles stronger?
If you're looking for an OAB treatment, ask your doctor if Toviaz is right for you. It's a pill that comes with a plan.

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FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Toviaz — a treatment for overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. For more information, don’t forget to talk to your doctor.
 
 

What is OAB, or overactive bladder?

OAB is a real medical condition that affects over 33 million men and women in the United States. With OAB, the bladder muscle squeezes too often. Or when you don't want it to. This can cause frequent, strong sudden urges to go. This is also known as "urgency." You may even have accidents.

OAB is not necessarily a normal part of aging. While prevalence increases as you get older, the truth is that OAB can affect anyone at any age. People can get symptoms in their early 30s or 40s, or at an even younger age. The good news is the symptoms of OAB can often be treated.

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What are the effects of OAB symptoms?

Some of the physical and emotional effects of OAB may include:

  • Strong sudden urges to urinate
  • Fear about having an accident

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I'm embarrassed to talk about my OAB symptoms. How do I bring it up with my doctor?

It's common to feel embarrassed. For suggestions on how to talk with your doctor, take a look at the OAB Conversation Starters.

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My friend/loved one has OAB. What can I do?

The most important thing to do is encourage your loved one to talk to a doctor about their OAB symptoms today. You can also help them find out the facts and explore treatment options.

Get more information for caregivers >

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What is Toviaz?

Toviaz (fesoterodine fumarate) is a prescription medicine used in adults to treat symptoms of a condition called overactive bladder, including:

  • Leaking or wetting accidents due to a strong need to urinate
  • Strong sudden urges to go
  • Going to the bathroom too often

Toviaz helps calm the bladder muscle that causes frequent, strong sudden urges. Just one Toviaz pill per day helps to reduce bothersome symptoms. If you have symptoms of OAB, ask your doctor if Toviaz is right for you.

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What should I tell my doctor before starting Toviaz?

Before starting Toviaz, tell your doctor about all of your medical and other conditions that may affect the use of Toviaz, including:

  • Stomach or intestinal problems or problems with constipation
  • Problems emptying your bladder or if you have a weak urine stream
  • Treatment for an eye problem called narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • A condition called myasthenia gravis
  • If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. It is not known if Toviaz can harm your unborn baby
  • If you are breastfeeding. It is not known if Toviaz passes into breast milk or if it can harm your baby. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Toviaz

Before starting on Toviaz, tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal products. Toviaz may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Toviaz works. Especially tell your doctor if you are taking antibiotics or antifungal medicines. Know all the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your doctor and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

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Can I take Toviaz while taking other medications?

Before you take Toviaz, you should tell your doctor if you take any other medications. Be sure to mention prescription and over-the-counter medicines as well as vitamins and herbal supplements.

Read important Patient Information.

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How do I take Toviaz?

You can take Toviaz with or without food. Take Toviaz with liquid and swallow the tablet whole. Do not chew, divide, or crush the tablet.

If you miss a dose of Toviaz, begin taking Toviaz again the next day. Do not take 2 doses of Toviaz in the same day.

If you take more Toviaz than your doctor prescribes, call a doctor or go to an emergency room at a hospital right away.

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How long will I have to take Toviaz?

There is no cure for OAB. Toviaz only works to calm the bladder while you are taking the medication. If you stop, your symptoms may return.

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How often should I take Toviaz?

Take Toviaz as prescribed by your doctor. The recommended dosage for most patients is one pill, once a day. It can be taken at any time of day. Try to take it at the same time each day so you don't forget.

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Who should not take Toviaz?

Do not take Toviaz if you:

  • Are not able to empty your bladder (urinary retention)
  • Have delayed or slow emptying of your stomach (gastric retention)
  • Have an eye problem called uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma
  • Are allergic to Toviaz or any of its ingredients. See the Full Prescribing Information PDF for a complete list of ingredients.

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What if I forget to take one of my pills?

You should make every effort to take your medicine as prescribed. However, if you forget to take a pill, don't double your next dose. Just take the regular dose at your next scheduled time.

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How should I store Toviaz?

Store Toviaz at room temperature, 59° to 86°F (15° to 30°C).

  • Protect the medicine from moisture by keeping the bottle closed tightly.
  • Safely throw away Toviaz that is out of date or no longer needed.

Keep Toviaz and all medicines out of the reach of children.

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What are the possible side effects of Toviaz?

The most common side effects of Toviaz are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation

Toviaz may cause other less common side effects, including:

  • Dry eyes
  • Trouble emptying the bladder

Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or that do not go away. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. These are not all the possible side effects of Toviaz. For a complete list, ask your doctor.

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What else should I keep in mind while taking Toviaz?

When taking Toviaz:

  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or do unsafe tasks until you know how Toviaz affects you. Blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, and decreased sweating are possible side effects of medicines such as Toviaz.
  • Use caution in hot environments. Decreased sweating and severe heat illness can occur when medicines such as Toviaz are used in a hot environment.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking medicines such as Toviaz may cause increased drowsiness.

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Does Pfizer offer prescription assistance?

Yes. If you need help paying for medication, Pfizer has programs that can help. Call 1-866-706-2400 or visit www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com.

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Is there anything I can do to help control my OAB symptoms in addition to taking Toviaz?

Yes, there are a number of small lifestyle changes that you can make that may help you manage your OAB symptoms. The YourWay plan was created for people taking Toviaz and is designed to help you make simple, bladder-friendly choices every day.

Learn more about the YourWay plan >

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What is the YourWay plan? in addition to taking Toviaz?

The YourWay plan helps you take a different approach to managing your OAB symptoms. It focuses on four core areas:

  • food & drink: make more informed choices
    What you eat and drink may impact your OAB symptoms.
  • teach your bladder: train your bladder to "wait"
    These simple techniques may help you go less often.
  • daily Toviaz: always take as prescribed
    One pill a day may help reduce strong sudden urges to go.
  • keep track: share with your doctor
    Tracking can help keep you inspired and headed in the right direction.

Learn more about the YourWay plan >

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Is Toviaz effective without the YourWay plan?

Yes, it is effective. But with the YourWay plan, you'll learn how to make small changes that may also help you to manage your OAB symptoms.

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What does the plan come with?

When you join the YourWay plan, you'll start with a special Resource Kit in the mail. The kit explains the four core areas of the plan and also includes smart tips and tools to help get you started. Over 12 weeks, you can customize the plan by signing up for phone, Web, and/or e-mail support. You'll get:

  • Up to 6 calls that can help you learn all about the plan and stay on track.
  • A Web site that offers weekly tips, videos, and advice from OAB experts.
  • E-mail messages to help you adopt new habits that may help manage OAB symptoms.

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Is the YourWay plan really free?

Absolutely. The YourWay plan is free. What's more, you can always access the Web site, even at the end of the 12 weeks.

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How do I sign up for the plan?

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There are three ways to sign up:

  • Talk to your doctor about OAB and ask if Toviaz is right for you. Your doctor may give you a Toviaz sample in the office along with your prescription. Sample packs come with information about the YourWay plan.
  • Join right here.
  • Call 1-877-6-YOURWAY.

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What's a YourWay expert?

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The YourWay plan features four experts who are leaders in helping patients manage OAB symptoms. While each expert offers support, encouragement, and insight, each also has a specialty, listed below. Like the YourWay plan, access to the experts' videos is also free when you join.

The YourWay experts are:

  • OAB symptoms expert

    Pam Ellsworth

    Medical Doctor

  • OAB symptoms expert

    Erica Fletcher

    Physical Therapist

  • OAB symptoms expert

    Diane Newman

    Certified Nurse Practitioner

  • OAB symptoms expert

    Betsy Omeis

    Registered Nurse

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Do I need to start the plan as soon as I start taking Toviaz?

You can start the YourWay plan at any time. However, it's best to begin the plan as soon as you start taking Toviaz. That's because on day one of the YourWay plan, you'll get important information that may help you manage your OAB symptoms.

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Should I follow all areas of the YourWay plan?

Some parts of the plan may be easier than others. But do the best you can to give each one a try.

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What happens at the end of the 12 weeks?

As an added bonus, when you register for YourWay, you'll have access to the site even after the 12 weeks of support has ended. This includes all of the YourWay experts' videos, a complete list of recipes, bladder-strengthening exercises, and more. The only change is that e-mail messages or calls stop at the end of the 12 weeks.

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