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Review: anticholinergic drugs improve symptoms but increase dry mouth in adults with overactive bladder syndrome

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QUESTION: What are the effects of anticholinergic drugs in adults with overactive bladder syndrome?

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Studies were identified by searching the Cochrane Incontinence Group trials register (to January 2002) and reference lists of relevant papers.

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Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials in adults with symptomatic diagnosis of overactive bladder syndrome, urodynamic diagnosis of detrusor overactivity, or both, that compared an anticholinergic drug (given to decrease symptoms of overactive bladder) with placebo or no treatment. Studies of darifenacin, emepronium bromide or carrageenate, dicyclomine chloride, oxybutynin chloride, propiverine, propantheline bromide, tolterodine, and trospium chloride were included. Studies of terodiline or drugs with …

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  • For correspondence: Jean Hay-Smith, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.jean.hay-smith{at}

  • Source of funding: Health Research Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.