What is the role of acyclovir in the treatment of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections?

Updated: Feb 16, 2018
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Answer

Acyclovir is an analog of 2'-deoxyguanosine and, along with other nucleoside analogs listed below, remains the drug of choice for herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections. Antibiotics may be used if a secondary bacterial infection develops.


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