Swine flu Treatment for Pregnant Women

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 13, 2011

If you are pregnant then you are at high risk for complicated swine flu. You must talk to your medical provider and make informed decision regarding treatment of the disease. Centres for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that pregnant women must get vaccination for swine flu. In the cases of suspected and confirmed swine flu in pregnancy CDC recommends five day course of antiviral medications. Moreover the swine flu treatment for pregnant women should not wait for laboratory diagnosis and must be started as soon as possible.  It is evident from various studies that the medications tend to lose their effect when administered after 48 hours of the disease onset.

Recommended antivirals for pregnant women

The antiviral medications such as tamiflu and relenza are mostly recommended for averting swine flu complications during pregnancy. Both of them are helpful in an uncomplicated swine flu illness. Amongst them tamiflu is recommended for pregnant women by CDC.

Tamiflu is recommended even if the pregnant women suffer from asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease.

Releza can cause wheezing or a serious breathing problem therefore is not suitable for asthma patients. Though there are some other side effects of relenza such as headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea but experts suggest that they are smaller than the actual risk of Swine flu.

Women are not recommended to take nasal spray vaccines for swine flu during pregnancy. They can be used only after the delivery.

Medication for relieving from the severe symptoms of Swine flu during pregnancy

Paracetamol is considered to be safe reducing the temperature (fever) and severity of other symptoms of swine flu during pregnancy. Non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are perfect no for pregnant women.

Since pregnant women are more vulnerable to swine flu they must be aware about the basics related to the disease for instance, its symptoms and mode of transmission.


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