[pen-SIGH-kloh-veer] Pregnancy Category: B Denavir [Rx]
Classification: Antiviral drug
See also Antiviral Drugs. Action/Kinetics: Active against herpes simplex viruses (HSVs), including HSV-1 and HSV-2. In infected cells penciclovir is converted to penciclovir triphosphate by cellular kinases. Penciclovir triphosphate inhibits HSV polymerase competitively with deoxyguanosine triphosphate which inhibits herpes viral DNA synthesis and replication. Not absorbed through the skin.
Special Concerns: Use with caution if applied around the eyes due to the possibility of irritation. The effect of the drug in immunocompromised clients has not been determined. Safety and efficacy have not been determined in children. Side Effects: Oral: Taste perversion. Dermatologic: Reaction at the site of application, hypesthesia, local anesthesia, erythematous rash, mild erythema. Miscellaneous: Headache. How Supplied: Cream: 10 mg/g.
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