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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
Hi i'm 8wks pregnant. I have the flu. The doc said to take tylenol (acetaminophen) & i've gotten contradicting answers about tamiflu being safe to take. Is it?
Is Tamiflu (oseltamivir) safe for preventative treatment in a 3 y/o with asthma who was exposed to the flu? Concerned about side effects (Stevens Johnson Syndrome)
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 (acetaminophen). 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
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 (oseltamivir) 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