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Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

Is antiviral flu medication safe during pregnancy?

In most cases, the benefits of antiviral flu (influenza) medication during pregnancy outweigh the risks: During pregnancy, the flu poses a serious threat to your health and your baby's health. Pregnancy increases your risk of developing serious complications of the flu, such as pneumonia. In turn, flu complications increase the risk of premature birth and other pregnancy problems. Although it's important to be cautious with any medication during pregnancy, research supports the safety of prescription antiviral medication — such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) — to treat flu during pregnancy. If you're pregnant and have signs or symptoms of the flu, contact your health care provider right away. He or she will help you decide if an antiviral medication is right for you. If your health care provider prescribes an antiviral medication, remember that the medication is most effective when taken within 48 hours of the first signs or symptoms — although benefits are still possible if the medication is taken later. If you have a fever, your health care provider might recommend taking acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as well. Some studies have shown an increased risk of neural tube defects — serious abnormalities of the brain or spinal cord — in the babies of women who experience high fevers during the first four to six weeks of pregnancy. Remember, a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from the dangers of the flu during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu shot for anyone who's pregnant during flu season unless you've had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccination. When you get your flu shot, be sure to request the flu shot and not the nasal spray vaccine. The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus, so it's safe for both mother and baby during any stage of pregnancy. The nasal spray vaccine is made from a live virus, which makes it less appropriate during pregnancy or while you're trying to conceive. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Vaginal infection treatment in very early pregnancy safe?

Vaginal infection treatment in very early pregnancy safe?

Yes.: Vaginal infection should be treated as early as possible . Most of the treatment are topical. Therefore it is not systemic and not harmful to the fetus. Needs to be diagnosed correctly and then treated. So please sep your OB's advise. ...Read more

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Can you take a flu shot during chemotherapy treatment?

Can you take a flu shot during chemotherapy treatment?

Not the nasal kind: You can get the injected (killed) flu shot but may not have as robust a response as those with a normal immune system. The nasal vaccine is alive and risky for anyone on chemo. ...Read more

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Typhoid treatment in first trimester pregnancy?

Typhoid treatment in first trimester pregnancy?

Antibiotics...: ... Usually used to treat typhoid are not recommended in pregnancy, but there are safe alternatives, such a ceftriaxone. ...Read more

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How to abort a status migrainosus during 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

How to abort a status migrainosus during 2nd trimester of pregnancy?

That's something: that you definitely should do under the care of a live physician who knows your case. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Is Adacel Tdap vaccination safe to take during 35th week of pregnancy?

Is Adacel Tdap vaccination safe to take during 35th week of pregnancy?

Yes: This vaccine contains material that is safe to use during pregnancy. The primary vaccines we avoid during pregnancy are those with living but weakened germs, like the nasal flu or the MMR and varicella. ...Read more

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Is stomach flu an early sign of pregnancy?

Is stomach flu an early sign of pregnancy?

No: Stomach flu is not a sign of pregnancy. But some women may experience nausea and / or vomiting. Take a home pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant. ...Read more

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What is recommended for treating nausea during pregnancy?

What is recommended for treating nausea during pregnancy?

Prevent, diet, meds: First try to prevent nausea by avoiding strong foods and aromas. Eat a cracker each hour while awake with the first before you get out of bed. Ginger, vitamin b6 (25 mg four times a day) "sea bands" help. Motion sickness medications and stronger anti-nausea meds may be prescribed. If severe vomiting occurs it is called hyperemesis gravidarum and may require IV fluids, meds and hospitilization. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman take tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the influenza?

Can a pregnant woman take tamiflu (oseltamivir) for the influenza?

Class C: Tamifu is a class c drug. There have been no studies on pregnant women to confirm it's saftey. Howevr, the cdc strongly encouraged it's use during the h1n1 flu outbreak. ...Read more

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Is mitronidazole safe during pregnancy?And what are antibiotics i can use during pregnancy

Is mitronidazole safe during pregnancy?And what are antibiotics i can use during pregnancy

Talk to your doctor: While Metronidazole is listed as a risk category b, it is not safe in the first trimester, because of possible association with congenital defects it may be acceptable in 2nd and 3rd trimesters if alternatives failed. These are questions that are too important to be asked in a online forum. You should always be discussing such things with the provider caring for your pregnancy only please. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give influenza vaccine during pregnancy?

Is it safe to give influenza vaccine during pregnancy?

Yes: Yes it is safe for the mother and for the baby, in the absence of major egg allergy. In fact pregnant women should get the vaccine to protect both mother and child. ...Read more

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