Are vidarabine and interferon-alpha effective in the treatment of chickenpox (varicella) in immunocompromised patients?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020
  • Author: Anthony J Papadopoulos, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Case reports have described vidarabine, a purine nucleoside analogue, and interferon-alpha to be effective in the treatment of primary varicella infection of immunocompromised hosts. Acyclovir-resistant strains of VZV have been reported in patients with AIDS.


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