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Can Fam Physician. 2011 Apr;57(4):427-8.

Safety of antiviral medication for the treatment of herpes during pregnancy.

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  • 1Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada.

Abstract

QUESTION:

One of my patients is a pregnant woman in her first trimester with a history of recurrent genital herpes. She is concerned about whether use of her antiviral medication will adversely affect her baby. What should I tell her?

ANSWER:

Studies have shown that the use of acyclovir or valacyclovir is not associated with an increase in birth defects. Limited data exist for famciclovir and therefore it would not be considered a first-line choice for treatment of herpes during pregnancy.

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PMC3076471
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