International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 8, pp 983–991 | Cite as

Solifenacin for overactive bladder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  • Deyi Luo
  • Liangren Liu
  • Ping Han
  • Qiang Wei
  • Hong Shen
Review Article


This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of solifenacin for treating overactive bladder. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were identified and extracted from MEDLINE, Embase, and CENTRAL. The quality of the included RCTs was assessed using the Jadad score, and heterogeneity was analyzed using the chi-squared test. The data of the included RCTs were collected, extracted, and assessed by our protocol. A total of nine RCTs were identified from the search strategy. Compared with the placebo and tolterodine treatments, both short-term (mostly 12-week) trials indicated that solifenacin significantly reduced urgency episodes, micturitions, and incontinence episodes per 24 h. Compared with the solifenacin (5 mg) group, the solifenacin (10 mg) group was significantly better in terms of the number of micturitions per 24 h. With regard to adverse effects, the patients treated with solifenacin had significantly higher rates of constipation and blurred vision than patients treated with tolterodine. The solifenacin therapy was not inferior to tolterodine in terms of efficacy profiles and had a similar incidence of overall adverse events compared with tolterodine treatment. Solifenacin (5 mg) is thus a recommended dose because of its reported balance between efficacy and acceptable tolerability.


Solifenacin Overactive bladder Tolterodine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deyi Luo
    • 1
  • Liangren Liu
    • 1
  • Ping Han
    • 1
  • Qiang Wei
    • 1
  • Hong Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Urology, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China

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