Which medications in the drug class Antivirals, Other are used in the treatment of Folliculitis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Antivirals, Other

These agents are inhibitors of DNA polymerase in HSV-1 and HSV-2 strains, inhibiting viral replication. They are used in folliculitis secondary to herpes viral infections.

Famciclovir (Famvir)

Famciclovir is a prodrug that, when biotransformed into the active metabolite penciclovir, may inhibit viral DNA synthesis/replication.

Valacyclovir (Valtrex)

Valacyclovir is a prodrug that is rapidly converted to the active drug acyclovir. It is more expensive than acyclovir, but its dosing regimen is more convenient.

Acyclovir (AHydrocort, Alphosyl, Aquacort)

Acyclovir has an affinity for viral thymidine kinase and, once phosphorylated, causes DNA chain termination when acted upon by DNA polymerase. The drug, which requires 5 daily doses, can be associated with compliance problems.


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