foscarnet sodium - injection, Foscavir

HIV/AIDS Myths and Facts

GENERIC NAME: FOSCARNET SODIUM - INJECTION (foss-KAR-net)

BRAND NAME(S): Foscavir

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WARNING: This medication is used only for cytomegalovirus (CMV) eye infections and acyclovir-resistant herpes infections.

Decreased kidney function is a serious side effect caused by this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a change in the amount of urine. Your doctor may need to adjust your dose.

This medication has caused seizures in some people due to changes in blood chemistry (minerals and electrolytes). Your doctor may prescribe additional minerals and/or electrolytes to prevent seizures.

It is important that you receive appropriate amounts of fluid (hydration) while using this medication.

Your doctor will monitor your blood and kidneys while you are using this medication.

USES: This medication is used to control cytomegalovirus (CMV) eye infections (CMV retinitis) in persons with AIDS. This medication is an antiviral that works by stopping the growth of viruses. Controlling CMV retinitis can help decrease the risk of blindness from the infection. Foscarnet is sometimes combined with another antiviral drug, ganciclovir, when the CMV infection does not respond to either drug used alone for treatment.This medication is also used to treat herpes infections (HSV) that do not respond to treatment with acyclovir (acyclovir-resistant).This medication is not a cure for CMV or HSV diseases.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to help prevent CMV disease in patients receiving cancer treatment (such as chemotherapy).

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