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

Updated: Aug 09, 2018
  • Author: Ashish C Bhatia, MD, FAAD, FACMS; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Antivirals, Other

Presumably, antiviral drugs may interfere with the ability of the molluscum contagiosum virus to replicate. Because of their expense and adverse effect potential, consider these products for use only in immunocompromised patients.

Cidofovir (Vistide)

Cidofovir is a selective inhibitor of viral DNA production in cytomegalovirus and other herpes viruses. One case report showed improvement in 3 out of 3 patients with HIV and extensive co-infection with molluscum contagiosum virus.

Ritonavir (Norvir)

Ritonavir is an antiretroviral protease inhibitor. In one case report, a patient with HIV and intractable molluscum contagiosum had resolution of lesions after treatment.

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