Chapter: Modern Pharmacology with Clinical Applications: Antiviral Drugs

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Antiherpesvirus Agents

The following drugs are used primarily in the treatment of herpesviruses.

ANTIHERPESVIRUS AGENTS

 

The following drugs are used primarily in the treatment of herpesviruses. Among these are herpes simplex virus–1 (HSV-1), which typically causes herpes labialis (cold sores) or herpes esophagitis; herpes simplex virus–2 (HSV-2), which is responsible for most cases of genital herpes; varicella zoster virus (VZV), which pro-duces chickenpox and shingles; Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is the major cause of infectious mononu-cleosis; and cytomegalovirus (CMV), which can produce pneumonia, gastroenteritis, retinitis, encephalitis, and mononucleosis in immunocompromised individuals.

 

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