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BJU Int. 2012 Aug;110(3):392-400. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10774.x. Epub 2011 Nov 30.

Sustained improvement in patient-reported outcomes during long-term fesoterodine treatment for overactive bladder symptoms: pooled analysis of two open-label extension studies.

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St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.



• To evaluate the effects of long-term fesoterodine treatment on health-related quality of life (HRQL) and treatment satisfaction in subjects with overactive bladder (OAB) symptoms. • To determine the impact of gender and age on these effects.


• This is a post hoc analysis of data pooled from identically designed open-label extensions of two randomized, double-blind, 12-week fesoterodine studies. • Initial treatment was once-daily fesoterodine 8 mg; subjects had the opportunity to receive open-label fesoterodine for ≥24 months. • After 1 month, subjects could elect dose reduction to 4 mg and subsequent re-escalation to 8 mg; dose reduction and re-escalation were each allowed once annually. • Changes in scores on the King's Health Questionnaire (KHQ), International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form (ICIQ-SF) and a Likert scale evaluating severity of bladder-related problems were assessed at open-label baseline and months 12 and 24; treatment satisfaction was assessed at open-label baseline and at months 4, 12 and 24.


• A total of 864 enrolled subjects were included (men, n= 182; women, n= 682; aged <45 years, n= 134; 45-64 years, n= 432; 65-74 years, n= 204; ≥75 years, n= 94); most subjects (77%) who continued treatment maintained the 8-mg dose. • Among subjects in the overall population, there were significant improvements in all KHQ domains, ICIQ-SF scores, and bladder-related problems at open-label baseline vs double-blind baseline (P < 0.05); additional significant improvements were observed at months 12 and 24 vs open-label baseline in all outcomes (P < 0.05) except for the KHQ General Health Perception domain. • When data were stratified by gender or age, significant improvements at open-label baseline vs double-blind baseline were further significantly enhanced or sustained at months 12 and 24 for most KHQ domains, and for ICIQ-SF scores and bladder-related problems for all groups. Women had significantly greater improvements than men in the KHQ Emotion (P= 0.0173) and Severity/Coping (P= 0.0112) domains and ICIQ-SF scores (P= 0.0276) during open-label treatment. Subjects aged <45 years had significantly greater improvement in the Personal Relationships domain compared with those aged 45-64 years (P= 0.0357) and in the Sleep/Energy domain compared with all other groups (all P < 0.02). • Treatment satisfaction was high (≥92%) throughout open-label treatment regardless of gender or age.


• Long-term fesoterodine treatment was associated with sustained improvement in measures of health-related quality of life and bladder-related problems and with high treatment satisfaction in subjects with overactive bladder symptoms. • Effects of gender and age were minimal.

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