Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of extended-release once-daily tolterodine treatment for overactive bladder in older versus younger patients

NR Zinner, Anders Mattiasson, SL Stanton

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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of a new, once-daily extended-release (ER) formulation of tolterodine in treating overactive bladder in older (greater than or equal to65) and younger (<65) patients. DESIGN: A 12-week double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. SETTING: An international study conducted at 167 medical centers. PARTICIPANTS: One thousand fifteen patients (43.1% aged 65) with urge incontinence and urinary frequency. INTERVENTION: Patients were randomized to treatment with tolterodine ER 4 mg once daily (qd) (n = 507) or placebo (n = 508) for 12 weeks. MEASUREMENTS: Efficacy, measured with micturition charts (incontinence episodes, micturitions, volume voided per micturition) and subjective patient assessments, safety, and tolerability endpoints were evaluated, relative to placebo, according to two age cohorts: younger than 65 and 65 and older. RESULTS: Mean age in the older and younger patient cohorts was 74 (range 65-93) and 51 (range 20-64), respectively. Compared with placebo, significant improvements in micturition chart variables with tolterodine ER showed no age-related differences. Irrespective of age, significantly more tolterodine ER recipients than placebo recipients reported an improvement in urgency symptoms. After 12 weeks of treatment with tolterodine ER, a fivefold increase in the percentage of patients able to finish tasks before voiding in response to urgency was noted in both age groups (<65: from 6.5-32.8%, greater than or equal to65: from 5.1-26.2%). Tolterodine ER recipients, irrespective of age, also had significant improvements in their bladder condition than did placebo recipients. Overall, a greater percentage of patients, irrespective of age, perceived any benefit with tolterodine ER than with placebo (P<.001). Dry mouth (of an), severity was the most common adverse event in both the tolterodine ER and placebo treatment arms, irrespective of age (<65: ER 22.7%, placebo 8.1%; greater than or equal to65: ER 24.3%, placebo 7.2%). Few patients (<2%) experienced severe dry mouth. No central nervous system, visual, cardiac (per electrocardiogram), or laboratory safety concerns were noted. Withdrawal rates due to adverse events on tolterodine ER 4 mg qd were comparable in the two age cohorts (<65: 5.5%; greater than or equal to65: 5.1%; P = .8 7). CONCLUSIONS: The new, once-daily ER formulation of tolterodine is efficacious, safe, and well tolerated in the treatment of patients with symptoms of overactive bladder, irrespective of age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-807
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Geriatrics


  • urinary incontinence
  • older adults
  • tolterodine
  • overactive bladder


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