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Solifenacin 5 mg Film-Coated Tablets

Active Ingredient:
solifenacin succinate
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Last updated on emc: 06 Sep 2021
1. Name of the medicinal product

Solifenacin 5mg film-coated tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each film-coated tablet contains 5 mg solifenacin succinate, equivalent to 3.8 mg solifenacin.

Excipient(s) with known effect

Each film-coated tablet contains 107.5 mg lactose monohydrate

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Film-coated tablet.

Each 5 mg tablet is a light yellow, round, biconvex film-coated tablet with 8 mm diameter.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Solifenacin is indicated in adults for symptomatic treatment of urge incontinence and/or increased urinary frequency and urgency as may occur in patients with overactive bladder syndrome.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


Adults, including the elderly

The recommended dose is 5 mg solifenacin succinate once daily. If needed, the dose may be increased to 10 mg solifenacin succinate once daily.

Renal impairment

No dose adjustment is necessary for patients with mild to moderate renal impairment (creatinine clearance > 30 ml/min). Patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤ 30 ml/min) should be treated with caution and receive no more than 5 mg once daily (see section 5.2).

Hepatic impairment

No dose adjustment is necessary for patients with mild hepatic impairment. Patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score of 7 to 9) should be treated with caution and receive no more than 5 mg once daily (see section 5.2).

Potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4

The maximum dose of solifenacin should be limited to 5 mg when treated simultaneously with ketoconazole or therapeutic doses of other potent CYP3A4 inhibitors e.g. ritonavir, nelfinavir, itraconazole (see section 4.5).

Paediatric population

The safety and efficacy of solifenacin in children and adolescents below 18 years have not yet been established. Therefore, solifenacin should not be used in children and adolescents.

Method of administration

Solifenacin should be taken orally and should be swallowed whole with liquids. It can be taken with or without food.

4.3 Contraindications

• Solifenacin is contraindicated in patients with urinary retention, severe gastrointestinal condition (including toxic megacolon), myasthenia gravis or narrow-angle glaucoma and in patients at risk for these conditions.

• Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

• Patients undergoing haemodialysis (see section 5.2).

• Patients with severe hepatic impairment (see section 5.2).

• Patients with severe renal impairment or moderate hepatic impairment and who are on treatment with a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor, e.g. ketoconazole (see section 4.5).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Other causes of frequent urination (heart failure or renal disease) should be assessed before treatment with solifenacin. If urinary tract infection is present, an appropriate antibacterial therapy should be started.

Solifenacin should be used with caution in patients with:

• clinically significant bladder outflow obstruction at risk of urinary retention

• gastrointestinal obstructive disorders

• risk of decreased gastrointestinal motility

• severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤ 30 ml/min; see section 4.2 and 5.2) and doses should not exceed 5 mg for these patients

• moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score of 7 to 9; see section 4.2 and 5.2) and doses should not exceed 5 mg for these patients

• concomitant use of a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor, e.g. ketoconazole (see 4.2 and 4.5)

• hiatus hernia/gastroesophageal reflux and/or who are concurrently taking medicinal products (such as bisphosphonates) that can cause or exacerbate oesophagitis.

• autonomic neuropathy

QT prolongation and torsade de pointes have been observed in patients with risk factors, such as pre-existing long QT syndrome and hypokalaemia.

Safety and efficacy have not yet been established in patients with a neurogenic cause for detrusor overactivity.

Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicinal product.

Angioedema with airway obstruction has been reported in some patients on solifenacin succinate. If angioedema occurs, solifenacin succinate should be discontinued and appropriate therapy and/or measures should be taken.

Anaphylactic reaction has been reported in some patients treated with solifenacin succinate. In patients who develop anaphylactic reactions, solifenacin succinate should be discontinued and appropriate therapy and/or measures should be taken.

The maximum effect of solifenacin can be determined after 4 weeks at the earliest.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Pharmacological interactions

Concomitant medication with other medicinal products with anticholinergic properties may result in more pronounced therapeutic effects and undesirable effects. An interval of approximately one week should be allowed after stopping treatment with solifenacin before commencing other anticholinergic therapy. The therapeutic effect of solifenacin may be reduced by concomitant administration of cholinergic receptor agonists.

Solifenacin can reduce the effect of medicinal products that stimulate the motility of the gastrointestinal tract, such as metoclopramide and cisapride.

Pharmacokinetic interactions

In vitro studies have demonstrated that at therapeutic concentrations, solifenacin does not inhibit CYP1A1/2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, or 3A4 derived from human liver microsomes. Therefore, solifenacin is unlikely to alter the clearance of drugs metabolised by these CYP enzymes.

Effect of other medicinal products on the pharmacokinetics of solifenacin

Solifenacin is metabolised by CYP3A4. Simultaneous administration of ketoconazole (200 mg/day), a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor, resulted in a two-fold increase of the AUC of solifenacin, while ketoconazole at a dose of 400 mg/day resulted in a three-fold increase of the AUC of solifenacin. Therefore, the maximum dose of solifenacin should be restricted to 5 mg when used simultaneously with ketoconazole or therapeutic doses of other potent CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ritonavir, nelfinavir, itraconazole) (see section 4.2).

Simultaneous treatment of solifenacin and a potent CYP3A4 inhibitor is contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment or moderate hepatic impairment.

The effects of enzyme induction on the pharmacokinetics of solifenacin and its metabolites have not been studied as well as the effect of higher affinity CYP3A4 substrates on solifenacin exposure. Since solifenacin is metabolised by CYP3A4, pharmacokinetic interactions are possible with other CYP3A4 substrates with higher affinity (e.g. verapamil, diltiazem) and CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin, phenytoin, carbamazepine).

Effect of solifenacin on the pharmacokinetics of other medicinal products

Oral Contraceptives

Intake of solifenacin showed no pharmacokinetic interaction of solifenacin on combined oral contraceptives (ethinylestradiol/levonorgestrel).


Intake of solifenacin did not alter the pharmacokinetics of R-warfarin or S-warfarin or their effect on prothrombin time.


Intake of solifenacin showed no effect on the pharmacokinetics of digoxin.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


No clinical data are available from women who became pregnant while taking solifenacin. Animal studies do not indicate direct harmful effects on fertility, embryonal/foetal development or parturition (see section 5.3). The potential risk for humans is unknown. Caution should be exercised when prescribing to pregnant women.


No data on the excretion of solifenacin in human milk are available. In mice, solifenacin and/or its metabolites was excreted in milk, and caused a dose dependent failure to thrive in neonatal mice (see section 5.3). The use of solifenacin should therefore be avoided during breastfeeding.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Since solifenacin, like other anticholinergics may cause blurred vision and, uncommonly, somnolence and fatigue (see section 4.8), the ability to drive and use machines may be negatively affected.

4.8 Undesirable effects

a. Summary of the safety profile

Due to the pharmacological effect of solifenacin, it may cause anticholinergic undesirable effects of (in general) mild or moderate severity. The frequency of anticholinergic undesirable effects is dose related. The most commonly reported adverse reaction with solifenacin was dry mouth. It occurred in 11 % of patients treated with 5 mg once daily, in 22 % of patients treated with 10 mg once daily and in 4 % of placebo-treated patients. The severity of dry mouth was generally mild and did only occasionally lead to discontinuation of treatment. In general, medicinal product compliance was very high (approximately 99 %) and approximately 90 % of the patients treated with solifenacin completed the full study period of 12 weeks treatment.

b. Tabulated list of adverse reactions


Very common



1/100 to < 1/10


1/1,000 to < 1/100


> 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000

Very rare

< 1/10,000

Not known

(cannot be estimated from the available data)

MedDRA system organ class

Infections and infestations

Urinary tract infection,


Anaphylactic reaction*

Immune system disorders

Anaphylactic reaction*

Metabolism and nutrition disorders

Decreased appetite*,


Psychiatric disorders


Confusional state*


Nervous system disorders





Eye disorders

Blurred vision

Dry eyes


Cardiac disorders

Torsades de Pointes*,

Electrocardiogram QT prolonged*,

Atrial fibrillation*,



Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders

Nasal dryness


Gastrointestinal disorders

Dry mouth




Abdominal pain

Gastroesophageal reflux diseases,

Dry throat

Colonic obstruction,

Faecal impaction,



Abdominal discomfort*

Hepatobiliary disorders

Liver disorder*,

Liver function test abnormal*

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Dry skin



Erythema multiforme*,



Exfoliative dermatitis*

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Muscular weakness*

Renal and urinary disorders

Difficulty in micturition

Urinary retention

Renal impairment*

General disorders and administration site conditions


Peripheral oedema

* observed in post-marketing

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at or search for 'MHRA Yellow Card' in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose


Overdosage with solifenacin succinate can potentially result in severe anticholinergic effects. The highest dose of solifenacin succinate accidentally given to a single patient was 280 mg in a 5 hour period, resulting in mental status changes not requiring hospitalisation.


In the event of overdose with solifenacin succinate, the patient should be treated with activated charcoal. Gastric lavage is useful if performed within 1 hour, but vomiting should not be induced.

As for other anticholinergics, symptoms can be treated as follows:

• Severe central anticholinergic effects such as hallucinations or pronounced excitation: treat: with physostigmine or carbachol.

• Convulsions or pronounced excitation: treat with benzodiazepines.

• Respiratory insufficiency: treat with artificial respiration.

• Tachycardia: treat with beta-blockers.

• Urinary retention: treat with catheterisation.

• Mydriasis: treat with pilocarpine eye drops and/or place patient in a dark room.

As with other antimuscarinics, in case of overdosing, specific attention should be paid to patients with known risk for QT-prolongation (i.e. hypokalaemia, bradycardia and concurrent administration of medicinal products known to prolong QT-interval) and relevant pre-existing cardiac diseases (i.e. myocardial ischaemia, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure).

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Urologicals, drugs for urinary frequency and incontinence,

ATC code: G04BD08.

Mechanism of action

Solifenacin is a competitive, specific cholinergic-receptor antagonist.

The urinary bladder is innervated by parasympathetic cholinergic nerves. Acetylcholine contracts the detrusor smooth muscle through muscarinic receptors of which the M3 subtype is predominantly involved. In vitro and in vivo pharmacological studies indicate that solifenacin is a competitive inhibitor of the muscarinic M3 subtype receptor. In addition, solifenacin showed to be a specific antagonist for muscarinic receptors by displaying low or no affinity for various other receptors and ion channels tested.

Pharmacodynamic effects

Treatment with solifenacin in doses of 5 mg and 10 mg daily was studied in several double-blind, randomised, controlled clinical trials in men and women with overactive bladder.

As shown in the table below, both the 5 mg and 10 mg doses of solifenacin produced statistically significant improvements in the primary and secondary endpoints compared with placebo. Efficacy was observed within one week of starting treatment and stabilised over a period of 12 weeks. A long-term open- label study demonstrated that efficacy was maintained for at least 12 months. After 12 weeks of treatment, approximately 50 % of patients suffering from incontinence before treatment were free of incontinence episodes, and in addition 35 % of patients achieved a micturition frequency of less than 8 micturitions per day. Treatment of the symptoms of overactive bladder also results in a benefit on a number of Quality of Life measures, such as general health perception, incontinence impact, role limitations, physical limitations, social limitations, emotions, symptom severity, severity measures and sleep/energy.

Results (pooled data) of four controlled Phase 3 studies with a treatment duration of 12 weeks


Solifenacin 5 mg o.d.

Solifenacin 10 mg o.d.

Tolterodine 2 mg b.i.d.

No. of micturitions/24 h

Mean baseline





Mean reduction from baseline





% change from baseline

(12 %)

(19 %)

(23 %)

(16 %)







< 0.001

< 0.001


No. of urgency episodes/24 h

Mean baseline





Mean reduction from baseline





% change from baseline

(32 %)

(49 %)

(55 %)

(39 %)







< 0.001

< 0.001


No. of incontinence episodes/24 h

Mean baseline





Mean reduction from baseline





% change from baseline

(38 %)

(58 %)

(62 %)

(48 %)







< 0.001

< 0.001


No. of nocturia episodes/24 h

Mean baseline





Mean reduction from baseline





% change from baseline

(22 %)

(30 %)

(33 %)

(26 %)








< 0.001


Volume voided/micturition

Mean baseline

166 ml

146 ml

163 ml

147 ml

Mean increase from baseline

9 ml

32 ml

43 ml

24 ml

% change from baseline

(5 %)

(21 %)

(26 %)

(16 %)







< 0.001

< 0.001

< 0.001

No. of pads/24 h

Mean baseline





Mean reduction from baseline





% change from baseline

(27 %)

(46 %)

(48 %)

(37 %)







< 0.001

< 0.001


Note: In 4 of the pivotal studies, solifenacin film-coated tablets of 10 mg and placebo were used. In 2 out of the 4 studies also solifenacin film-coated tablets 5 mg were used and one of the studies included tolterodine 2 mg bid.

Not all parameters and treatment groups were evaluated in each individual study. Therefore, the numbers of patients listed may deviate per parameter and treatment group.

* P-value for the pair-wise comparison to placebo

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


After intake of solifenacin tablets, maximum solifenacin plasma concentrations (Cmax) are reached after 3 to 8 hours. The tmax is independent of the dose. The Cmax and area under the curve (AUC) increase in proportion to the dose between 5 to 40 mg.

Absolute bioavailability is approximately 90 %. Food intake does not affect the Cmax and AUC of solifenacin.


The apparent volume of distribution of solifenacin following intravenous administration is about 600 l. Solifenacin is to a great extent (approximately 98 %) bound to plasma proteins, primarily α 1-acid glycoprotein.


Solifenacin is extensively metabolised by the liver, primarily by cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4). However, alternative metabolic pathways exist, that can contribute to the metabolism of solifenacin. The systemic clearance of solifenacin is about 9.5 l/h and the terminal half-life of solifenacin is 45-68 hours. After oral dosing, one pharmacologically active (4R-hydroxy solifenacin) and three inactive metabolites (N-glucuronide, N-oxide and 4R- hydroxy-N-oxide of solifenacin) have been identified in plasma in addition to solifenacin.


After a single administration of 10 mg [14C-labelled]-solifenacin, about 70 % of the radioactivity was detected in urine and 23 % in faeces over 26 days. In urine, approximately 11 % of the radioactivity is recovered as unchanged active substance; about 18 % as the N-oxide metabolite, 9 % as the 4R-hydroxy- N-oxide metabolite and 8 % as the 4R-hydroxy metabolite (active metabolite).


Pharmacokinetics are linear in the therapeutic dose range.

Special populations


No dosage adjustment based on patient age is required. Studies in elderly have shown that the exposure to solifenacin, expressed as the AUC, after administration of solifenacin succinate (5 mg and 10 mg once daily) was similar in healthy elderly subjects (aged 65 - 80 years) and healthy young subjects (aged less than 55 years).

The mean rate of absorption expressed as tmax was slightly slower in the elderly and the terminal half-life was approximately 20 % longer in elderly subjects. These modest differences were considered not clinically significant.

The pharmacokinetics of solifenacin have not been established in children and adolescents.


The pharmacokinetics of solifenacin are not influenced by gender.


The pharmacokinetics of solifenacin are not influenced by race.

Renal impairment

The AUC and Cmax of solifenacin in mild and moderate renally impaired patients was not significantly different from that found in healthy volunteers. In patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min) exposure to solifenacin was significantly greater than in the controls, with increases in Cmax of about 30 %, AUC of more than 100 % and t½ of more than 60 %. A statistically significant relationship was observed between creatinine clearance and solifenacin clearance.

Pharmacokinetics in patients undergoing haemodialysis have not been studied.

Hepatic impairment

In patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score of 7 to 9) the Cmax is not affected, AUC increased with 60 % and t½ doubled. Pharmacokinetics of solifenacin in patients with severe hepatic impairment have not been studied.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Preclinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, fertility, embryofoetal development, genotoxicity, and carcinogenic potential. In the pre- and postnatal development study in mice, solifenacin treatment of the mother during lactation caused dose-dependent lower postpartum survival rate, decreased pup weight and slower physical development at clinically relevant levels. Dose related increased mortality without preceding clinical signs occurred in juvenile mice treated from day 10 or 21 after birth with doses that achieved a pharmacological effect and both groups had higher mortality compared to adult mice. In juvenile mice treated from postnatal day 10, plasma exposure was higher than in adult mice; from postnatal day 21 onwards, the systemic exposure was comparable to adult mice. The clinical implications of the increased mortality in juvenile mice are not known.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Tablet core:

Lactose monohydrate

Maize starch


Magnesium stearate

Film Coating:


Titanium Dioxide (E171)

Macrogol 8000


Iron Oxide Yellow (E172)

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

36 months

6.4 Special precautions for storage

This medicinal product does not require any special temperature storage conditions. Store in original package in order to protect from humidity.

6.5 Nature and contents of container


The tablets are packed alternatively in PVC-Aluminium blisters, PVC/PVdC- Aluminium blisters or OPA/Al/PVC-Aluminium blisters. The blisters are placed into a cardboard box.

Pack sizes:

10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 90, 100, 105, 120, 150, 180 and 200 tablets

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Genus Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (trading as 'STADA')




8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 06831/0308

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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