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Postgrad Med. 2012 May;124(3):7-15. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2012.05.2543.

Evaluation of cognitive function in healthy older subjects treated with fesoterodine.

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  • 1Cognitive Research Corporation, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701 , USA. gkay@cogres.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the cognitive effects of fesoterodine 4 and 8 mg versus placebo in healthy older adults.

METHODS:

This was an active- and placebo-controlled, double-blind, double-dummy crossover study conducted using healthy volunteers (aged 65-85 years) with baseline Mini-Mental State Examination score ≥ 26. The study comprised 4 treatment periods: fesoterodine 4 mg for 6 days; fesoterodine 4 mg for 3 days followed by fesoterodine 8 mg for 3 days; placebo for 6 days; and placebo for 6 days with alprazolam 1 mg on day 6. The treatment sequence was randomized, with a 3- to 6-day washout between periods. Subjects completed computer-based cognitive assessments and the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test on day 1 (before dosing) and day 6 (after dosing) of each period. The primary endpoint was the Detection task; secondary endpoints were the Identification task, 1-card learning task, Continuous Paired Associate Learning task, Groton Maze Learning Task, and the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test.

RESULTS:

Among 18 subjects in the per protocol set, changes from baseline to day 6 with fesoterodine 4 and 8 mg were not significantly different from placebo for any endpoint (P > 0.05); alprazolam produced significant impairment in all endpoints versus placebo (P < 0.05). No serious adverse events were reported; the most common adverse events were dry mouth for fesoterodine and sedation for alprazolam. No sedation was reported with fesoterodine.

CONCLUSION:

In healthy older adults, fesoterodine 4 and 8 mg once daily had no statistically significant effects versus placebo on any cognitive function assessed, including memory; alprazolam 1 mg produced statistically significant deterioration.

PMID:
22691894
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