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Safe Tamiflu Pregnant
Yes: Influenza in pregnancy can cause more severe illnesses ( this was esp. Seen with h1n1/swine flu). Because of this tamiflu is recommended for treatment or prevention of suspected influenza in pregnancy. There are not clinical studies available for safety but the CDC does recommend it to decrease the risk of a pregnant woman becoming very ill. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The brand name is tamiflu. It is a prodrug, which means it is inactive until metabolized by a person's body into the active form. It blocks neuraminidase, an enzyme in influenza virus; by doing this, it prevents the flu virus from detaching from the host cell and slows the spread of the virus. It comes in a tablet form, as ...Read more
Relatively safe: As a category C drug, this med has not been shown to cause problems with a human fetus, but not enough data is available to consider it as safe a med like Tylenol. It is one of the most common designations for meds taken safely during pregnancy.However, flu in a pregnant woman can cause maternal death and or fetal loss. We had two such losses during the flu epidemic of 2009 in my town. ...Read more
Hi i'm 8wks pregnant. I have the flu. The doc said to take tylenol & i've gotten contradicting answers about tamiflu being safe to take. Is it?
I was 6 weeks pregnant and had the flu. The doctor preacribed me tamiflu; is this safe for my unborn baby?
Highly likely: The fda has categorized this drug under medical category "c". The data is insufficient to give a clear picture on the effects of tamiflu on pregnant women and the developing fetus. There were no human specimens in the tests but effects on rats and rabbits showed only minimal questionable toxicity to the mothers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 8 wks pregnant & was exposed to someone that had a positive flu test. My MD has prescribed tamiflu. Should I take now or wait for symptoms?
Up to you: If your doctor has already prescribed the medication, one could safely assume s/he intended it to be taken as a preventative, which would be once daily for 10 days. As always, clarification with the prescribing physician to clarify the intent would be ideal. Staying healthy during pregnancy is extremely important. Best wishes. ...Read more
41 weeks pregnant and have the flu for 4 days now with bad cough. Do I wait it out or try something like tamiflu?
My daycare providers son tested positive for the flu on Tuesday, he took Tamiflu that same night. Wednesday his fever is gone. Are my children ok to go Thursday? They are 5, 2, and 2 months. We have had our flu shots, I was pregnant when I had mine.
Troublesome issue: Those with flu are likely shedding the virus for a minimum of a week, whether or not they are on Tamiflu. There are flu strains circulating in the country that the vaccine will not prevent.I find it risky if the day care providers son is around your kids so soon. If he is not, there is less risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I'm 25 weeks pregnant and I have the flu a my doctor put me on tamiflu. I have a fever of 100.6 that isn't responding to Tylenol what to do?
Adequate dose: you are taking 1000mg 4 times a day? try cold compress and cool shower ...Read more
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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