Are you a pregnant woman who has the flu? Don't worry, help is on the way! But before we dive into whether or not it's safe for pregnant women to take Tamiflu, let's get one thing straight: being pregnant doesn't magically turn you into a delicate flower that needs to be handled with kid gloves. You're still a badass human who can handle whatever life throws at you.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about Tamiflu and pregnancy.
What is Tamiflu?
Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir phosphate, is an antiviral medication used to treat and prevent influenza (the flu) caused by influenza A and B viruses. It works by inhibiting the activity of neuraminidase, an enzyme produced by the virus which plays a critical role in its ability to spread from cell to cell within your body.
Is it Safe for Pregnant Women?
The short answer is yes; pregnant women can safely take Tamiflu if they have confirmed or suspected influenza infection and are experiencing moderate/severe symptoms. In fact, taking treatment early enough may reduce complications such as pneumonia.
However just like any other medication there are potential side effects but these have only been experienced in rare cases: nausea/vomiting/diarrhoea/headache/feeling dizzy etc
As always though check with your healthcare provider first before taking any action - this includes what types of medication including over-the-counter drugs/supplements/multivitamins/prescription medications you should take during pregnancy!
Unfortunately even though Tamiflu may be helpful for some mothers-to-be battling their ills - this drug isn't appropriate/approved for everyone
Make sure not to consume Tamiful if you are allergic to oseltamivir, take prolonged release medication or have kidney problems - this drug is not mentioned for these pre-conditions.
Clinical Trials and Data
Multiple research studies looking specifically at Tamiflu use in pregnant women found no evidence of increased risk during pregnancy. Infact the benefits outweighed potential risks - though there’s human data that shows extra vigilance should be taken regarding rare instances; Tamilflu cannot completely eradicate flu (especially influenza A H1N1) but it gets in its way before symptoms get too severe.
The last thing a pregnant woman wants to deal with is being sick, especially during one of the most important times in her life. But unfortunately, getting the flu while pregnant can lead to some serious complications:
As if dealing with the typical discomforts of pregnancy isn't enough; catching the flu may trigger contractions leading ultimately into premature delivery/birth which exposes both baby and mom potentially into detrimental health situations.
If left unchecked could worsen infecting other organs/systems inducing respiratory failure/ even death!
Pregnant mothers-to-be shouldn’t only consider taking Tamiflu merely when they report positive for an infection caused by any version of influenza A/B virus but instead follow proactive measures:
-Wash your hands frequently/follow good hygiene practices -Avoid close contact with people who are sick -Cover cough/sneeze using tissue/elbow/arm etc. -Maintain distance from crowded places
High risk maternal conditions such as heart diseases/lung malfunctions/autoimmune diseases/those on chemotherapy /those suffering diabetes/thyroid dysfunction must strictly remain under medical observation/treatments throughout their gestational time period because proper care/nutrition will keep them healthier eventually extending similar benefits to the forthcoming baby.
So, can pregnant women safely take Tamiflu? The answer is yes - but only if they have confirmed or suspected influenza and are experiencing moderate/severe symptoms! However, as always you should check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication!
Pregnancy doesn't mean you need to completely change your lifestyle (unless of course your doctor tells you otherwise), but it does mean that extra precautions may be necessary to ensure both mom and baby stay healthy. Make sure to follow good hygiene practices and avoid close contact with people who are sick!