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Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) supplementation during pregnancy or labour for maternal and neonatal outcomes

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, June 2015
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Pyridoxine (vitamin B6) supplementation during pregnancy or labour for maternal and neonatal outcomes
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, June 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd000179.pub3
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Rehana A Salam, Nadeem F Zuberi, Zulfiqar A Bhutta


Vitamin B6 plays vital roles in numerous metabolic processes in the human body, such as nervous system development and functioning. It has been associated with some benefits in non-randomised studies, such as higher Apgar scores, higher birthweights, and reduced incidence of pre-eclampsia and preterm birth. Recent studies also suggest a protection against certain congenital malformations. To evaluate the clinical effects of vitamin B6 supplementation during pregnancy and/or labour. We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Trials Register (31 March 2015) and reference lists of retrieved studies. We included randomised controlled trials comparing vitamin B6 administration in pregnancy and/or labour with: placebos, no supplementations, or supplements not containing vitamin B6. Two review authors independently assessed trials for inclusion and risk of bias, extracted data and checked them for accuracy. For this update, we assessed methodological quality of the included trials using risk of bias and the GRADE approach. Four trials (1646 women) were included. The method of randomisation was unclear in all four trials and allocation concealment was reported in only one trial. Two trials used blinding of participants and outcomes. Vitamin B6 as oral capsules or lozenges resulted in decreased risk of dental decay in pregnant women (capsules: risk ratio (RR) 0.84; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.71 to 0.98; one trial, n = 371, low quality of evidence; lozenges: RR 0.68; 95% CI 0.56 to 0.83; one trial, n = 342, low quality of evidence). A small trial showed reduced mean birthweights with vitamin B6 supplementation (mean difference -0.23 kg; 95% CI -0.42 to -0.04; n = 33; one trial). We did not find any statistically significant differences in the risk of eclampsia (capsules: n = 1242; three trials; lozenges: n = 944; one trial), pre-eclampsia (capsules n = 1197; two trials, low quality of evidence; lozenges: n = 944; one trial, low-quality evidence) or low Apgar scores at one minute (oral pyridoxine: n = 45; one trial), between supplemented and non-supplemented groups. No differences were found in Apgar scores at five minutes, or breastmilk production between controls and women receiving oral (n = 24; one trial) or intramuscular (n = 24; one trial) loading doses of pyridoxine at labour. Overall, the risk of bias was judged as unclear. The quality of the evidence using GRADE was low for both pre-eclampsia and dental decay. The other primary outcomes, preterm birth before 37 weeks and low birthweight, were not reported in the included trials. There were few trials, reporting few clinical outcomes and mostly with unclear trial methodology and inadequate follow-up. There is not enough evidence to detect clinical benefits of vitamin B6 supplementation in pregnancy and/or labour other than one trial suggesting protection against dental decay. Future trials assessing this and other outcomes such as orofacial clefts, cardiovascular malformations, neurological development, preterm birth, pre-eclampsia and adverse events are required.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
Ethiopia 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Unknown 248 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 44 17%
Student > Bachelor 40 16%
Researcher 35 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 10%
Other 16 6%
Other 37 15%
Unknown 55 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 84 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 40 16%
Social Sciences 15 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 3%
Other 28 11%
Unknown 65 26%

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