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Tolterodine tartrate 2mg film-coated tablets

Active Ingredient:
tolterodine tartrate
Aspire Pharma Ltd See contact details
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Last updated on emc: 06 May 2021
1. Name of the medicinal product

Tolterodine tartrate 2 mg film-coated tablets

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each film-coated tablet contains 2 mg tolterodine L-tartrate (equivalent to 1.37 mg of tolterodine).

Excipient(s) with known effect:

Each coated tablet contains 0.5 mg lactose.

For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Film-coated tablet

White, round biconvex film-coated tablets, embossed with “ 2” on one side and with a score line on the other side.

The score line is only to facilitate breaking for ease of swallowing and not to divide into equal doses.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

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 elderly)

The recommended dose is 2 mg twice daily except in patients with impaired liver function or severely impaired renal function (GFR ≤ 30 ml/min) for whom the recommended dose is 1 mg twice daily (see section 4.4). In case of troublesome side effects the dose may be reduced from 2 mg to 1 mg twice daily.

The effect of treatment should be re-evaluated after 2-3 months (see section 5.1).

Paediatric patients

Tolterodine tartrate is not recommended for use in children due to insufficient data on efficacy (see section 5.1).

4.3 Contraindications

Tolterodine is contraindicated in patients with:

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

• Urinary retention

• Uncontrolled narrow angle glaucoma

• Myasthenia gravis

• Severe ulcerative colitis

• Toxic megacolon

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Tolterodine shall be used with caution in patients with:

• significant bladder outlet obstruction at risk of urinary retention

• gastrointestinal obstructive disorders, e.g. pyloric stenosis

• renal impairment (see section 4.2)

• hepatic disease. (see sections 4.2 and 5.2)

• autonomic neuropathy

• hiatus hernia

• risk for decreased gastrointestinal motility

Multiple oral total daily doses of immediate release 4 mg (therapeutic) and 8 mg (supratherapeutic) tolterodine have been shown to prolong the QTc interval (see section 5.1). The clinical relevance of these findings is unclear and will depend on individual patient risk factors and susceptibilities present.

Tolterodine should be used with caution in patients with risk factors for QT-prolongation including:

• congenital or documented acquired QT prolongation

• electrolyte disturbances such as hypokalaemia, hypomagnesaemia and hypocalcaemia

• bradycardia

• relevant pre-existing cardiac diseases (i.e. cardiomyopathy, myocardial ischaemia, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure)

• concomitant administration of drugs known to prolong QT-interval including Class IA (e. g. quinidine, procainamide) and Class III (e. g. amiodarone, sotalol) anti-arrhythmics

This especially holds true when taking potent CYP3A4 inhibitors (see section 5.1).

Concomitant treatment with potent CYP3A4 inhibitors should be avoided (see section 4.5).

As with all treatments for symptoms of urgency and urge incontinence, organic reasons for urge and frequency should be considered before treatment.

Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, total lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.

This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet. Patients on low sodium diets can be informed that this medicinal product is essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Concomitant systemic medication with potent CYP3A4 inhibitors such as macrolide antibiotics (e.g. erythromycin and clarithromycin), antifungal agents (e.g. ketoconazole and itraconazole) and antiproteases is not recommended due to increased serum concentrations of tolterodine in poor CYP2D6 metabolisers with (subsequent) risk of overdosage (see section 4.4).

Concomitant medication with other drugs that possess antimuscarinic properties may result in more pronounced therapeutic effect and side-effects. Conversely, the therapeutic effect of tolterodine may be reduced by concomitant administration of muscarinic cholinergic receptor agonists.

The effect of prokinetics like metoclopramide and cisapride may be decreased by tolterodine.

Concomitant treatment with fluoxetine (a potent CYP2D6 inhibitor) does not result in a clinically significant interaction since tolterodine and its CYP2D6-dependent metabolite, 5-hydroxymethyl tolterodine are equipotent.

Drug interaction studies have shown no interactions with warfarin or combined oral contraceptives (ethinyl estradiol/levonorgestrel).

A clinical study has indicated that tolterodine is not a metabolic inhibitor of CYP2D6, 2C19, 2C9, 3A4 or 1A2. Therefore an increase of plasma levels of drugs metabolised by these isoenzymes is not expected when dosed in combination with tolterodine.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


There are no adequate data from the use of tolterodine in pregnant women.

Studies in animals have shown reproductive toxicity (see section 5.3). The potential risk for humans is unknown. Consequently, tolterodine is not recommended during pregnancy.


No data concerning the excretion of tolterodine into human milk are available. Tolterodine should be avoided during lactation.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Since this drug may cause accommodation disturbances and influence reaction time, the ability to drive and use machines may be negatively affected.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile

Due to the pharmacological effect of tolterodine it may cause mild to moderate antimuscarinic effects, like dryness of the mouth, dyspepsia and dry eyes.

The table below reflects the data obtained with tolterodine in clinical trials and from postmarketing experience. The most commonly reported adverse reaction was dry mouth, which occurred in 35% of patients treated with tolterodine and in 10% of placebo treated patients. Headaches were also reported very commonly and occurred in 10.1% of patients treated with tolterodine and in 7.4% of placebo treated patients.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

The following adverse reactions have been reported in clinical trials and from postmarketing experience and are ranked using the following frequency: Very common (1/10); common (1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

System Organ Class

Very common



Not known

Infections and infestations


Immune system disorders

Hypersensitivity not otherwise specified

Anaphylactoid reactions

Psychiatric disorders


Confusion , hallucinations disorientation

Nervous system disorders


Dizziness, somnolence, paresthesia

Memory impairment

Eye disorders

Dry eyes, abnormal vision including abnormal accommodation

Ear and labyrinth disorders


Cardiac disorders


Tachycardia, cardiac failure, arrhythmia

Vascular disorders


Gastrointestinal disorders

Dry mouth

Dyspepsia, constipation, abdominal pain, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhoea

Gastroesophageal reflux

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Dry skin


Renal and urinary disorders

Dysuria, urinary retention

General disorders and administration site conditions

Fatigue, chest pain, peripheral oedema


Increased weight

Cases of aggravation of symptoms of dementia (e.g. confusion, disorientation, delusion) have been reported after tolterodine therapy was initiated in patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors for the treatment of dementia.

Paediatric population

In two paediatric phase III randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies conducted over 12 weeks where a total of 710 paediatric patients were recruited, the proportion of patients with urinary tract infections, diarrhoea and abnormal behaviour was higher in patients treated with tolterodine than placebo (urinary tract infection: tolterodine 6.8%, placebo 3.6%; diarrhoea: tolterodine 3.3%, placebo 0.9%; abnormal behaviour: tolterodine 1.6 %, placebo 0.4 %) (see section 5.1).

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

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4.9 Overdose

The highest dose given to human volunteers of tolterodine tartrate is 12.8 mg as a single dose. The most severe adverse events observed were accommodation disturbances and micturition difficulties.

In the event of tolterodine overdose, treat with gastric lavage and give activated charcoal. Treat symptoms as follows:

• Severe central anticholinergic effects (e.g. hallucinations, severe excitation): treat with physostigmine

• Convulsions or pronounced excitation: treat with benzodiazepines

• Respiratory insufficiency: treat with artificial respiration

• Tachycardia: treat with beta-blockers

• Urinary retention: treat with catheterization

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

An increase in QT interval was observed at a total daily dose of 8 mg immediate release tolterodine (twice the recommended daily dose of the immediate release formulation and equivalent to three times the peak exposure of the prolonged release capsule formulation) administered over four days. In the event of tolterodine overdose, standard supportive measures for managing QT prolongation should be adopted.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Urinary antispasmodics

ATC code: G04B D07

Tolterodine is a competitive, specific muscarinic receptor antagonist with a selectivity for the urinary bladder over salivary glands in vivo. One of the tolterodine metabolites (5-hydroxymethyl derivative) exhibits a pharmacological profile similar to that of the parent compound. In extensive metabolisers this metabolite contributes significantly to the therapeutic effect (see section 5.2).

Effect of the treatment can be expected within 4 weeks.

Effect of treatment with Tolterodine 2 mg twice daily after 4 and 12 weeks, respectively, compared with placebo (pooled data). Absolute change and percentage change relative to baseline.


4-week studies

12-week studies


2 mg b.i.d.


Statistical significance vs. placebo


2 mg b.i.d.


Statistical significance vs. placebo

Number of micturitions per 24 hours















Number of incontinence episodes per 24 hours















Mean volume voided per micturition (ml)















Number of patients with no or minimal bladder problems after treatment (%)











n.s.=not significant; *=p ≤ 0.05; **= p ≤ 0.01; ***= p ≤ 0.001

The effect of tolterodine was evaluated in patients, examined with urodynamic assessment at baseline and, depending on the urodynamic result, they were allocated to a urodynamic positive (motor urgency) or a urodynamic negative (sensory urgency) group. Within each group, the patients were randomised to receive either tolterodine or placebo. The study could not provide convincing evidence that tolterodine had effects over placebo in patients with sensory urgency.

The clinical effects of tolterodine on QT interval were studied in ECGs obtained from over 600 treated patients, including the elderly and patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. The changes in QT intervals did not significantly differ between placebo and treatment groups.

The effect of tolterodine on QT-prolongation was investigated further in 48 healthy male and female volunteers aged 18-55 years. Subjects were administered 2 mg BID and 4 mg BID tolterodine as the immediate release formulations. The results (Fridericia corrected) at peak tolterodine concentration (1 hour) showed mean QTc interval increases of 5.0 and 11.8 msec for tolterodine doses of 2 mg BID 4 mg BID respectively and 19.3 msec for moxifloxacin (400mg) which was used as an active internal control. A pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic model estimated that QTc interval increases in poor metabolisers (devoid of CYP2D6) treated with tolterodine 2mg BID are comparable to those observed in extensive metabolisers receiving 4mg BID. At both doses of tolterodine, no subject, irrespective of their metabolic profile, exceeded 500 msec for absolute QTcF or 60 msec for change from baseline that are considered thresholds of particular concern. The 4mg BID dose corresponds to a peak exposure (Cmax) of three times that obtained with the highest therapeutic dose of tolterodine extended release capsules.

Paediatric population

Efficacy in the paediatric population has not been demonstrated. Two paediatric phase 3 randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind 12 week studies were conducted using tolterodine extended release capsules. A total of 710 paediatric patients (486 on tolterodine and 224 on placebo) aged 5-10 years with urinary frequency and urge urinary incontinence were studied. No significant difference between the two groups was observed in either study with regard to change from baseline in total number of incontinence episodes/week (see section 4.8).

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Pharmacokinetic characteristics specific for this formulation

Tolterodine is rapidly absorbed. Both tolterodine and the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite reach maximal serum concentrations 1-3 hours after dose. The half-life for tolterodine given as the tablet is 2-3 hours in extensive and about 10 hours in poor metabolisers (devoid of CYP2D6). Steady state concentrations are reached within 2 days after administration of the tablets.

Food does not influence the exposure to the unbound tolterodine and the active 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite in extensive metabolisers, although the tolterodine levels increase when taken with food. Clinically relevant changes are likewise not expected in poor metabolisers.


After oral administration tolterodine is subject to CYP2D6 catalysed first-pass metabolism in the liver, resulting in the formation of the 5-hydroxymethyl derivative, a major pharmacologically equipotent metabolite.

The absolute bioavailability of tolterodine is 17 % in extensive metabolisers, the majority of the patients, and 65% in poor metabolisers (devoid of CYP2D6).


Tolterodine and the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite bind primarily to orosomucoid. The unbound fractions are 3.7% and 36%, respectively. The volume of distribution of tolterodine is 113 L.


Tolterodine is extensively metabolised by the liver following oral dosing. The primary metabolic route is mediated by the polymorphic enzyme CYP2D6 and leads to the formation of the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite. Further metabolism leads to formation of the 5-carboxylic acid and N-dealkylated 5-carboxylic acid metabolites, which account for 51 % and 29 % of the metabolites recovered in the urine, respectively. A subset (about 7%) of the population is devoid of CYP2D6 activity. The identified pathway of metabolism for these individuals (poor metabolisers) is dealkylation via CYP3A4 to N-dealkylated tolterodine, which does not contribute to the clinical effect. The remainder of the population is referred to as extensive metabolisers. The systemic clearance of tolterodine in extensive metabolisers is about 30 L/h. In poor metabolisers the reduced clearance leads to significantly higher serum concentrations of tolterodine (about 7-fold) and negligible concentrations of the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite are observed.

The 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite is pharmacologically active and equipotent with tolterodine. Because of the differences in the protein-binding characteristics of tolterodine and the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite, the exposure (AUC) of unbound tolterodine in poor metabolisers is similar to the combined exposure of unbound tolterodine and the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite in patients with CYP2D6 activity given the same dosage regimen. The safety, tolerability and clinical response are similar irrespective of phenotype.

The excretion of radioactivity after administration of [14C]-tolterodine is about 77% in urine and 17% in faeces. Less than 1% of the dose is recovered as unchanged drug, and about 4% as the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite. The carboxylated metabolite and the corresponding dealkylated metabolite account for about 51% and 29% of the urinary recovery, respectively.

The pharmacokinetics is linear in the therapeutic dosage range.

Specific patient groups

Impaired liver function

• About 2-fold higher exposure of unbound tolterodine and the 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite is found in subjects with liver cirrhosis (see sections 4.2 and 4.4).

Impaired renal function

• The mean exposure of unbound tolterodine and its 5-hydroxymethyl metabolite is doubled in patients with severe renal impairment (inulin clearance GFR ≤ 30 ml/min). The plasma levels of other metabolites were markedly (up to 12-fold) increased in these patients. The clinical relevance of the increased exposure of these metabolites is unknown. There is no data in mild to moderate renal impairment (see sections 4.2 and 4.4).

Paediatric patients

The exposure of the active moiety per mg dose is similar in adults and adolescents. The mean exposure of the active moiety per mg dose is approximately two-fold higher in children between 5-10 years than in adults (see sections 4.2 and 5.1).

5.3 Preclinical safety data

In toxicity, genotoxicity, carcinogenicity and safety pharmacology studies no clinically relevant effects have been observed, except those related to the pharmacological effect of the drug.

Reproduction studies have been performed in mice and rabbits.

In mice, there was no effect of tolterodine on fertility or reproductive function. Tolterodine produced embryo death and malformations at plasma exposures (Cmax or AUC) 20 or 7 times higher than those seen in treated humans.

In rabbits, no malformative effect was seen, but the studies were conducted at 20 or 3 times higher plasma exposure (Cmax or AUC) than those expected in treated humans.

Tolterodine, as well as its active human metabolites prolong action potential duration (90% repolarisation) in canine purkinje fibres (14-75 times therapeutic levels) and block the K+-current in cloned human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) channels (0.5-26.1 times therapeutic levels). In dogs prolongation of the QT interval has been observed after application of tolterodine and its human metabolites (3.1-61.0 times therapeutic levels). The clinical relevance of these findings is unknown.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients


Microcrystalline cellulose

Dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate

Sodium starch glycolate

Silica colloidal anhydrous

Magnesium stearate



Lactose monohydrate

Polyethylene glycol

Titanium dioxide (E171)

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable

6.3 Shelf life

3 years

6.4 Special precautions for storage

No special precautions for storage.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

PVC/PE/PVDC Aluminium blister.

Pack sizes of 14, 20, 28, 30, 50, 56 and 100 film-coated tablets.

HDPE tablet container with a child-resistant PP screw cap.

Pack sizes of 60 film-coated tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

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

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Aspire Pharma Limited

Unit 4, Rotherbrook Court

Bedford Road



GU32 3QG

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 35533/0013

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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