Which medications in the drug class Antiviral agents are used in the treatment of Viral Arthritis?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Rabea Ahmed Khouqeer, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Antiviral agents

Nucleoside analogues are initially phosphorylated by viral thymidine kinase (TK) and eventually form a nucleoside triphosphate. These molecules inhibit herpes simplex virus (HSV) polymerase with 30-50 times the potency with which they inhibit human alpha-DNA polymerase.

Ribavirin (Rebetol, Virazole, Copegus)

Ribavirin is indicated for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. It inhibits replication of RNA and DNA viruses; in addition, it inhibits initiation and elongation of RNA fragments, resulting in inhibition of viral protein synthesis.

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