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To investigate associations between exposure to acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir in the first trimester of pregnancy and risk of major birth defects.
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Of a total of 141 patients who underwent randomization, 38 received placebo, 35 methylprednisolone, 33 valacyclovir, and 35 methylprednisolone plus valacyclovir. At the onset of symptoms there was no difference among the groups in the severity of vestibular paresis. The mean (+/-SD) improvement in peripheral vestibular function at the 12-month follow-up was 39.6+/-28.1 percentage points in the placebo group, 62.4+/-16.9 percentage points in the methylprednisolone group, 36.0+/-26.7 percentage points in the valacyclovir group, and 59.2+/-24.1 percentage points in the methylprednisolone-plus-valacyclovir group. Analysis of variance showed a significant effect of methylprednisolone (P<0.001) but not of valacyclovir (P=0.43). The combination of methylprednisolone and valacyclovir was not superior to corticosteroid monotherapy.
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Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials have provided compelling evidence that treatment with prednisolone improves outcome in patients with acute idiopathic peripheral facial (Bell's) palsy. The low rate of adverse effects, the small number needed to treat, and the modest cost of therapy indicate that prednisolone should be used in all patients with facial palsy of <72 h duration who do not have contraindications to steroid therapy. By contrast, the best-designed recent clinical trials have failed to suggest any significant beneficial effect on Bell's palsy of treatment with acyclovir or valacyclovir, either as single agents or in combination with prednisolone. Antiviral therapy should not, therefore, be routinely used in the treatment of Bell's palsy.
A 35-year-old woman with a history of atopic diathesis presented to the emergency department with 2 weeks of widespread facial vesiculopustules and eroded vesicles. HSV-1 was found on viral culture and direct fluorescent antibody testing. She was diagnosed with eczema herpeticum, an uncommon and potentially life-threatening viral infection that arises in areas of pre-existing dermatosis. Antiviral treatment for eczema herpeticum is very effective, and should be instituted without delay to avoid significant morbidity and mortality.
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Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a serious complication of herpes zoster that has a predilection for older individuals. PHN is often associated with significant morbidity, and it can cause insomnia, fatigue, depression and interference with daily activities in affected individuals. Treatment for PHN is initiated with antivirals during the acute herpes zoster outbreak. Acyclovir (Zoviraxr, GlaxoSmithKline), valacyclovir (Valtrex, GlaxoSmithKline) or famciclovir (Famvir, Novartis) can be used to treat herpes zoster, and all three have been shown to reduce the duration of the herpetic rash and zoster-associated pain. These antivirals are most effective when used within the first 72 hours of the onset of the rash. Side-effects of these antivirals are low and include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and headache. Other treatment options for PHN include topical analgesics, opioid analgesics, tricyclic antidepressants and gabapentin. Because of the complexity of PHN, most patients require a combination of treatment modalities for adequate pain relief.
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Valacyclovir prophylaxis is less expensive strategy compared with any other regimen.
The stability of valacyclovir hydrochloride in three commonly used syrups was studied. Triplicate suspensions of valacyclovir (from caplets) in Ora-Sweet (Paddock Laboratories), Ora-Sweet SF (Paddock), and Syrpalta Humco Laboratory) syrups were extemporaneously compounded to yield a final concentration of valacyclovir 50 mg/mL (as the hydrochloride salt). The nine suspensions were stored at 4 degrees C in amber glass bottles. At intervals up to 60 days, the liquids were visually inspected for color change, cloudiness, gas formation, and precipitation, and samples were assayed in duplicate for valacyclovir concentration by stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography. Also tested were pH, particle size, and microbial growth. During the first 21 days of storage, mean valacyclovir concentrations in all liquids were >90% of the initial concentration, but concentrations were <90% by day 21 in some individual samples of suspensions prepared with Ora-Sweet and Ora-Sweet SF. Mean valacyclovir concentrations in the Syrpalta-based suspensions met the 90% cutoff for at least 35 days. Solution pH and particle size remained unchanged in all liquids through day 60, and there were no changes in physical appearance. There was no evidence of microbial growth on the days when microbial growth was tested (0 and 28). Valacyclovir 50 mg/mL (as the hydrochloride salt) in three oral liquids stored in amber glass bottles at 4 degrees C was stable for at least 21 days when prepared with two of three syrups and for at least 35 days when prepared with the third syrup. All the liquids were free of microbial growth for at least 28 days.