What is Gemtesa?
Gemtesa is a selective beta-3 adrenergic agonist that affects the muscles in the bladder.
Gemtesa is used in adults to treat the symptoms of overactive bladder.
Gemtesa helps improve:
- urge urinary incontinence: a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents:
- urgency: the need to urinate right away: and
- frequency: urinating often.
It is not known if Gemtesa is safe and effective in children.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Gemtesa if you are allergic to vibegron.
To make sure Gemtesa is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
trouble emptying your bladder;
a weak stream of urine;
liver disease; or
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Gemtesa is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take Gemtesa?
Use Gemtesa exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and use the medicines exactly as directed. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.
The normal dose of Gemtesa is one 75mg tablet, taken by mouth, once daily.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
You may take Gemtesa with or without food.
If you cannot swallow a tablet whole, you may crush the tablet and mix it with 1 tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away with a glass of water. Do not save the mixture for later use.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not keep leftover Gemtesa. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a drug take-back disposal program. If there is no take-back program, mix the leftover medicine with cat litter or coffee grounds in a sealed plastic bag throw the bag in the trash.
Usual Adult Dose for Overactive Bladder Syndrome:
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Gemtesa?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Gemtesa side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Gemtesa: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if:
you are unable to completely empty your bladder; or
you have pain or burning when you urinate.
Common Gemtesa side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Gemtesa?
Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:
digoxin or digitalis.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with vibegron, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.
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Yes, you can reach the Gemtesa patient assistance program (Gemtesa Simple Savings Program) at 1-833-UROVANT (876 -8268) or online. You may pay as little as $10 or $95 for a 30-day supply of medicine if you have commercial insurance. Medicare and Medicaid plans are not eligible. Other savings options may be available.
Gemtesa can be taken any time of the day with or without food, or as directed by your doctor. Take it at about the same time each day so you don’t forget your dose. Swallow Gemtesa tablets whole with a glass of water. You can also crush the tablet, mix it into a tablespoon (15 mL) of applesauce and take it right away with a glass of water if you have trouble swallowing the pill.
Weight gain is not listed as a side effect of Gemtesa (vibegron) in the product information and there does not seem to be any anecdotal reports of weight gain from blog sites or Gemtesa reviews. Gemtesa does not cause weight gain.
It is possible that beta-3 agonists, such as Gemtesa, could promote weight loss. A small study that investigated mirabegron, another beta-3 agonists used for OAB, found that it also activated beta-3 receptors located in brown fat (adipose) tissue which boosted the participants' ability to burn energy, increasing the number of calories they burned. But this was a preliminary study and larger trials are needed.
Constipation is listed as a side effect of Gemtesa, but it is uncommon, occurring in less than 2% (2 out of every 100) people who take Gemtesa.
Cognitive decline, which may include dementia, memory loss and confusion, is not a known side effect for Gemtesa (vibegron) or the beta-3 agonist class as a whole. In addition, a study found the use of anticholinergic medications among patients with overactive bladder (OAB) was associated with an increased risk of new-onset dementia compared to beta-3 agonist users. Continue reading
Gemtesa (vibegron) starts working almost immediately – within a few days of first taking it, with noticeable improvements in urinary urgency, frequency, and incontinence noted in clinical trials at 2 weeks which were reported as significant by 12 weeks.
After 12 weeks, people taking Gemtesa had 2 fewer daily leakage episodes compared to 1 fewer episode in those taking placebo, 2 fewer bathroom visits (versus 1 fewer with placebo), and 3 fewer “urge to go” visits a day compared to 2 fewer with placebo. Continue reading
Gemtesa (vibegron) works by relaxing the detrusor muscle of the bladder – this is smooth muscle found in the wall of the bladder – and it does this by activating beta-3 adrenergic receptors located in the detrusor muscle. By activating these receptors, the muscle in the bladder wall relaxes. This allows the bladder to hold more urine, which can relieve symptoms of overactive bladder such as needing to pass urine immediately or frequently (urinary urgency and frequency) and reduce urine leakage (urinary incontinence). Continue reading
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