Which medications in the drug class Antivirals, CMV are used in the treatment of Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Antivirals, CMV

Ganciclovir can be used to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) meningitis in immunocompromised hosts.

Ganciclovir (Cytovene)

Ganciclovir is a synthetic guanine derivative that is active against CMV. An acyclic nucleoside analog of 2′-deoxyguanosine, it inhibits the replication of herpesviruses in vitro and in vivo. Levels of ganciclovir-triphosphate are as much as 100-fold greater in CMV-infected cells than in uninfected cells, possibly because of preferential phosphorylation of ganciclovir in virus-infected cells.

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