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Taking TheraFlu While Pregnant

author image Diana Rodriguez
Diana Rodriguez is a Louisville, Kentucky-based full-time freelance writer who specializes in health and real-estate writing. Since 2008 her numerous articles have appeared on various news and health websites. She also specializes in custom Web content for a variety of businesses. She has degrees in journalism and French from Miami University of Ohio.
Taking TheraFlu While Pregnant
Take TheraFlu only when you need it if you are pregnant.

Safety of TheraFlu

TheraFlu is an over-the-counter medication that helps to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold and the flu. It generally contains antihistamines, pain relievers and decongestants to combat the congestion, stuffiness, aches and pains of colds and the flu. Combination medications like TheraFlu contain a number of different ingredients, so pregnant women should check with their doctors before taking TheraFlu.

Frequency is Key

If TheraFlu is used only once or twice during a pregnancy to curb uncomfortable symptoms of the cold and flu, the ingredients are likely not harmful to the developing fetus. However, pregnant women who take TheraFlu consistently or many times throughout the pregnancy may be putting their developing babies at risk for complications like birth defects. You should only take TheraFlu during pregnancy if you really need the medication, and if your doctor tells you that it is OK to take it.

Side Effects and Precautions

TheraFlu can cause a number of different side effects that pregnant women taking the drug should be aware of. Insomnia, a feeling of nervousness and anxiety, and dizziness may occur when taking TheraFlu. Serious side effects include rapid heartbeat, vomiting and nausea, seizures and hallucinating. Women who are breast-feeding should check with their doctors before taking TheraFlu.

Only take the recommended dose of TheraFlu. If your symptoms do not get better, talk to your doctor. Limit your use of the medication and remember that what you take into your body, your baby also takes into hers.

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