A 45-year-old member asked:
Is it safe to take antiviral medications while pregnant?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Patrick Weix answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: This would depend on the specific drug, but the most common antiviral medications used in pregnancy are valcyclovir (valtrex) and acyclovir, both of which target the herpes viruses. They are both safe and can reduce your risk of a herpes outbreak around the time of delivery, which can be dangerous to a newborn. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) should be limited to known flu infection or exposure in the high risk.
Answered on May 2, 2014
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