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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. Adam Lewis
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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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Are vaccinations safe during pregnancy?

Are vaccinations safe during pregnancy?

Varies: Most inactivated (killed) vaccines like the injected flu and TdaP are safe at any stage of pregnancy. Some like MMR,varicella or the live weakened Flu-mist, are avoided due to a remote possibility of fetal harm.Some practitioners just avoid any in the first 12 weeks out of a sense of caution while the fetus is in its critical formative stage. ...Read more

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Are strepsils safe during pregnancy?

Are strepsils safe during pregnancy?

Yes: I looked up ingredients and definitely safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy?

Depression during pregnancy?

Professional advise: You definately mood to speak to you OB .They would likely support the use of fish oil. Also exercise, get out in nature, get into some counseling, maybe a group -look for social support- other pregnant moms. Enlist the support of the dad resolve issues of stress. Rc with mess in addition to maxing out the its listed is better than the depression for the baby-professional rc mandatory! ...Read more

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Insomonia during pregnancy?

Insomonia during pregnancy?

Common: There a multiple changes in your body during pregnancy and insomnia is not too worrisome. Discuss it with your obstetrician next visit. Have a balanced diet, an exercise regimen, and give yourself a "sleep time" and stick to it. ...Read more

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Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

Are cough drops safe during pregnancy?

Mgt: A major brand over the counter should be fine. The cause of your cough though can be assessed by your physician. ...Read more

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Triazolam safety during pregnancy?

Triazolam safety during pregnancy?

Be careful: Benzodiazepines require special precaution if used in the elderly, during pregnancy, in children, alcohol or drug-dependent individuals and individuals with comorbid psychiatric disorders.Triazolam belongs to the pregnancy category x of the fda. This means that it is known to have the potential to cause birth defects. ...Read more

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Is elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Is elderberry safe during pregnancy?

Wouldn't advise it: There is no way to reassure you that elderberry is safe during pregnancy, so it's best not to use it. ...Read more

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Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Usually: This is a risk-benefit decision must be made between yourself and your physician. The risk varies by antidepressant, but the majority of the data indicate many antidepressants are likely safe in pregnancy. A resource that puts this into context is: http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/psychiatric-disorders-during-pregnancy/. ...Read more

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Is traveling overseas safe during the first trimester if pregnancy?

Is traveling overseas safe during the first trimester if pregnancy?

Yes: It is safe as long as you watch what you eat and take your vitamins like at home. The only concern is that most miscarriages occur in the first trimester whether you are at home or overseas and it can be more traumatic if you are away from home but the travel doesn't increase the risk. ...Read more

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Can you take antivirals during pregnancy?

Can you take antivirals during pregnancy?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is an FDA: Class B drug. Animal studies have shown no increased risk of fetal malformations; no definitive studies have been done in humans. Your OB may feel the risk of taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is less than the risk of having the " flu". A Danish study showed a 3-fold increase in Austic Spectrum Disorder in progeny of women who had the " flu" or other viral illness with fever for a week during gestation. ...Read more

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Is taking recola during pregnancy safe?

Lozenge: If you are referring to the throat lozenge ricola, then the answer is most definitely yes. ...Read more

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Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Wouldn't do it.: Airborne is a cocktail of vitamins and minerals which is supposed to boost the immune system when a common cold is suspected. It contains vitamin a, which in excess may cause birth defects. Also, there is no evidence that airborne is effective at all and you should not waste your money. ...Read more

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Is sex safe during first trimester of pregnancy?

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Usually yes!: In early pregnancy there should be no problem having sex. Later on, there are certain medical conditions later in pregnancy that may cause your doctor to recommend you avoid intercourse (placenta previa, preterm labor, etc) but for most pregnancies it is safe to have sex for all 9 months. ...Read more

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Is materna hCG safe during pregnancy?

Is materna hCG safe during pregnancy?

Absolutely NOT!: Why would you think of taking anything like that during pregnancy that could endanger your developing fetus? Adulthood should always precede parenthood. ...Read more

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Are ginger pills safe during pregnancy?

Are ginger pills safe during pregnancy?

What's in the pills?: Ginger is ok. But what is in the pills besides ginger? Not all companies take care to test or include ingredients considered safe for pregnancy. Even prescription pills can be counterfeit and include lead paint, floor wax, other toxins. Before taking new OTC pills, do searches for information about the company that makes them, show the bottle to your pharmacist or doctor, even check otis, reprotox. ...Read more

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Is there ovulation during pregnancy?

Is there ovulation during pregnancy?

NO: Your body naturally blocks ovulation once hormone levels of beta HCG are detected in the blood. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Graitcer
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Oseltamivir (Definition)

The brand name is tamiflu (oseltamivir). 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


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Tamiflu (Definition)

Tamiflu is a flu/influenza agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more