BACKGROUND Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) are not licensed for use in pregnancy but are used without robust surveillance to treat hypertension in pregnancy and preterm labour. The objective of this study was to evaluate the fetomaternal safety of CCB in pregnancy by a quantitative systematic review. METHODS Medline (1996-2005), EMBASE (1996-2003), BIOSIS (1993-2003), Current contents (1995-2003), DERWENT DRUGFILE (1983-2003) and Cochrane Library (2005: issue 3). The number of women reporting an adverse event was used to compute a percentage of the total number of women in whom the occurrence of that event or confirmation of its absence was reported. Meta-regression with generalised estimation equations modelling explored reasons for heterogeneity, seeking factors that increased the rates of the most commonly reported adverse events. FINDINGS Of 269 relevant reports, including 5607 women, adverse fetomaternal events varied according to the total dose of nifedipine and study design. Adverse events were highest amongst women given more than 60 mg total dose of nifedipine [odds ratio (OR) 3.78, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.27-11.2, p = 0.017] and in reports from case series compared to controlled studies (OR 2.45, 95% CI 1.17-5.15, p = 0.018). INTERPRETATION Adverse event rates generated from this study provide an evidence base for clinical guidelines and informed patient consent for CCB use in pregnancy.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||The Journal of Maternal - Fetal & Neonatal Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2010|