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Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan-Mar;21(1):95-7. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.124131.

Alopecia following oral acyclovir for the treatment of herpes simplex keratitis.

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1
Cornea Center, Chandigarh, India.
2
Squint Center, Chandigarh, India.
3
MMIMSR, Mullana, Ambala, India.
4
Cornea Service, University of Maryland, Maryland, MD, USA.

Abstract

The authors report acyclovir-induced alopecia in a patient treated for herpetic keratouveitis. A 32-years-old female was diagnosed with herpetic keratouveitis. She was placed on prednisolone acetate (1%) suspension four times a day, atropine sulfate (1%) thrice a day, and oral acyclovir 400 mg twice-daily. Three weeks following oral acylovir, keratouveitis improved, but she developed alopecia without any drug eruptions. Oral acyclovir was discontinued. Three months later, alopecia completely resolved. Alopecia may be considered a possible complication following oral acyclovir.

KEYWORDS:

Acyclovir; Alopecia; Antiviral Drugs

PMID:
24669156
PMCID:
PMC3959052
DOI:
10.4103/0974-9233.124131
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