Which medications in the drug class Antiviral Agents are used in the treatment of Viral Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Cordia Wan, MD; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Antiviral Agents

Antienteroviral therapy is under investigation for viral meningitis and may soon become available. Anti-HIV and antituberculosis regimens are not covered here, but they should be instituted if infection with HIV or tuberculosis is strongly suggested clinically or is confirmed by testing. Empiric therapy can be discontinued once the cause of viral meningitis has been established and bacterial meningitis excluded.

Acyclovir (Zovirax)

Acyclovir is to be started as soon as the diagnosis of herpetic meningoencephalitis is suspected. The drug inhibits the activity of HSV-1 and HSV-2.


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