Which medications in the drug class Antivirals are used in the treatment of Measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Measles virus is susceptible to ribavirin in vitro. Although ribavirin (either IV or aerosolized) has been used to treat severely affected and immunocompromised adults with acute measles or SSPE (IV plus intrathecal high-dose interferon alfa), no controlled trials have been conducted; ribavirin is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this indication, and such use should be considered experimental.

Ribavirin (Virazole, Rebetol, Ribasphere, Copegus)

Ribavirin, a guanosine analogue, is for experimental use only. Its mechanism of action is not fully defined but relates to alteration of cellular nucleotide pools and of viral messenger RNA information.

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