Efficacy of fesoterodine over 24 hours in subjects with overactive bladder

Curr Med Res Opin. 2010 Apr;26(4):813-8. doi: 10.1185/03007990903585707.


Objective: Fesoterodine is an antimuscarinic agent indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of fesoterodine versus placebo over selected intervals during a 24-hour period in subjects with OAB.

Research design and methods: In a post hoc analysis, data were analyzed from two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 12-week phase III trials in which subjects with a history of OAB symptoms for >or=6 months were treated with morning doses of fesoterodine 4 mg, fesoterodine 8 mg, or placebo.

Clinical trial registration: These trials are registered at ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT00220363 and NCT00138723).

Main outcome measures: Changes were evaluated in number of micturitions, urgency episodes, urgency urinary incontinence (UUI) episodes, and mean voided volume (MVV) divided into three 8-hour intervals: 08:00-15:59 (daytime), 16:00-23:59 (evening), and 00:00-07:59 (nighttime). Comparisons with placebo were made using analysis of covariance (for least squares mean changes) and Wilcoxon rank sum test (for median percent changes); differences were considered significant at p < 0.05.

Results: Data from 1674 subjects, 80% of whom were women, were included in the analysis. At the end of treatment, the least squares mean change from baseline for all efficacy endpoints was significantly greater with fesoterodine 4 mg and fesoterodine 8 mg compared with placebo during each 8-hour time interval (all p < 0.05). Median percent change in number of micturitions, urgency episodes, and UUI episodes also was significantly greater with both fesoterodine doses compared with placebo during all time intervals (all p < 0.05).

Conclusions: Fesoterodine 4 mg and 8 mg given once daily demonstrated efficacy over placebo for OAB symptoms during all three 8-hour intervals of a 24-hour period, thus providing clinical support for once-daily dosing. Limitations include that this was a post hoc analysis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Benzhydryl Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Benzhydryl Compounds / pharmacology
  • Benzhydryl Compounds / therapeutic use*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscarinic Antagonists / administration & dosage
  • Muscarinic Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Muscarinic Antagonists / therapeutic use*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Urinary Bladder, Overactive / drug therapy*


  • Benzhydryl Compounds
  • Muscarinic Antagonists
  • fesoterodine

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT00138723
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT00220363