Mediation modeling was used to evaluate the direct effects of bazedoxifene (BZA)/conjugated estrogens (CE) on sleep, compared with its indirect effects via improvements in hot flushes, in postmenopausal women enrolled in the SMART (Selective estrogens, Menopause, And Response to Therapy)-2 and SMART-5 trials.
Statistical mediation modeling estimated the direct effects of BZA/CE on sleep disturbance (Medical Outcomes Study sleep scale) and its indirect effects via hot flush improvement (item 1 of the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life questionnaire). In SMART-2, a total of 318 women with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) received BZA 20 mg/CE 0.45 mg, BZA 20 mg/CE 0.625 mg, or placebo; in SMART-5, a total of 1,843 women seeking menopausal symptom treatment received BZA 20 mg/CE 0.45 mg, BZA 20 mg/CE 0.625 mg, CE 0.45 mg/medroxyprogesterone acetate 1.5 mg, BZA 20 mg, or placebo. The SMART-5 sleep substudy enrolled 459 women with bothersome VMS and sleep disturbances.
In SMART-2, BZA 20 mg/CE 0.45 mg and BZA 20 mg/CE 0.625 mg had a primarily direct effect on sleep in symptomatic women (64% and 66%, respectively; P < 0.001). Conversely, in the overall SMART-5 population, effects were primarily indirect (82% and 75% for BZA 20 mg/CE 0.45 mg and BZA 20 mg/CE 0.625 mg, respectively; P < 0.01), suggesting that sleep improvement was largely mediated via hot flush improvements. In a subpopulation of SMART-5 (participants with bothersome VMS), BZA 20 mg/CE 0.45 mg and BZA 20 mg/CE 0.625 mg affected sleep disturbance directly (82% and 76%, respectively; P < 0.0001).
BZA/CE improves sleep in postmenopausal women with moderate to severe and milder VMS. This study suggests that improvements occur directly in women with moderate to severe VMS and indirectly in less symptomatic women.