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Mirabegron (Oral)

mir-a-BEG-ron

Medically reviewed on Oct 4, 2018

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Myrbetriq

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet, Extended Release

Uses For mirabegron

Mirabegron is used alone or together with other medicines (eg, solifenacin succinate) to treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder. It helps control incontinence (loss of bladder control), the need to urinate right away, and the need to urinate often. Mirabegron works on the muscles of the bladder to prevent them from causing incontinence.

Mirabegron is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Before Using mirabegron

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For mirabegron, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to mirabegron or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of mirabegron in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of mirabegron in the elderly.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking mirabegron, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using mirabegron with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Thioridazine

Using mirabegron with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzphetamine
  • Codeine
  • Dextroamphetamine
  • Dihydrocodeine
  • Lisdexamfetamine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Propafenone
  • Tramadol

Using mirabegron with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Desipramine
  • Digoxin
  • Metoprolol

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of mirabegron. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Bladder blockage (hard to urinate) or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure), or history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • End-stage kidney disease or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure), severe uncontrolled or
  • Liver disease, severe—Use is not recommended in patients with these conditions.
  • Kidney disease, severe or
  • Liver disease, moderate—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.

Proper Use of mirabegron

Take mirabegron only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance for side effects.

Mirabegron comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Swallow the extended-release tablet whole and with water. Do not crush, break, or chew it. You may take mirabegron with or without food.

Dosing

The dose of mirabegron will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of mirabegron. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets):
    • For bladder problems (alone):
      • Adults—At first, 25 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor may increase your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 50 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For bladder problems (together with solifenacin succinate):
      • Adults—At first, 25 milligrams (mg) mirabegron and 5 mg solifenacin succinate once a day. Your doctor may increase the dose of mirabegron to 50 mg once a day after 4 to 8 weeks.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of mirabegron, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using mirabegron

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure mirabegron is working properly. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Mirabegron may increase your blood pressure. You will need to have your blood pressure measured while you are using mirabegron. If you notice any change in your blood pressure, call your doctor right away.

Mirabegron may increase your risk of having urinary retention (trouble passing urine or not fully emptying the bladder), especially when using another medicine (eg, solifenacin succinate). Check with your doctor if you have a decrease in urine volume, decrease in the frequency of urination, difficulty in passing urine (dribbling), or painful urination.

Mirabegron may cause a serious allergic reaction, called angioedema, which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if you have large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals, rouble breathing, or trouble swallowing after using mirabegron.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Mirabegron Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • dizziness
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • headache
  • lower back or side pain
  • nervousness
  • pounding in the ears
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat

Rare

  • Blindness
  • decrease in vision
  • eye pain
  • lower abdominal or stomach pain
  • nausea
  • pain in the groin or genitals
  • tearing or eyes
  • vomiting

Incidence not known

  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • cough
  • decrease in the frequency of urination
  • decrease in urine volume
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty in passing urine (dribbling)
  • itching
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Back pain
  • body aches or pain
  • difficulty having a bowel movement
  • difficulty with breathing
  • difficulty with moving
  • dry mouth
  • ear congestion
  • fever
  • loss of voice
  • muscle ache or stiffness
  • sneezing
  • stomach pain
  • stuffy or runny nose

Rare

  • Belching
  • burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  • full or bloated feeling
  • heartburn
  • hives or welts, skin rash
  • indigestion
  • itching or pain of the vagina or genital area
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • pressure in the stomach
  • redness of the skin
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or tenderness
  • swelling of the lips
  • thick, white vaginal discharge with mild or no odor

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Further information

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