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Posted 25 Aug 2010 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Aug. 24 – Pregnant women who take antiviral drugs against the herpes virus should not worry that their use will cause birth defects, Danish researchers report. More than 1 percent of women develop herpes simplex during the first trimester of pregnancy. And while the use during pregnancy of antiviral drugs such as acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and famciclovir (Famvir) are believed to be safe, data on their use in early pregnancy has been limited, the researchers noted. But the new analysis suggests that "pregnant women needing treatment for a herpes infection in the first trimester can use antivirals without concern about birth defect risk," said lead researcher Dr. Bjorn Pasternak, from the department of epidemiology research at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen. Acyclovir was the most commonly used antiviral, and should be the antiviral drug of choice in ... Read more
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