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Brand name: Foscavir

Foscavir is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) foscarnet. On this page you will find out more about Foscavir, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: foscarnet

Information for medicine and pack size:
Foscavir 6 g/250 mL injection solution, 250 mL bottle

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). INDICATIONS AS AT 11 NOVEMBER 1994: For treatment of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and treatment of aciclovir resistant herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections (defined by clinical trial or in-vitro resistance) in immunocompromised patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. NOTE: the indication for treatment of aciclovir resistant HSV infections in immunocompromised patients with HIV infections is based primarily on the results of one open label comparative study. This was of patients with HIV infections and herpetic lesions unresponsive to aciclovir administered intravenously for 10 days or more and in-vitro documented resistance to aciclovir. Eight patients were randomised to foscarnet (40mg/kg IV given eight hourly) and 6 were randomised to vidarabine 15mg/kg IV daily. The results showed a significant difference in favour of the foscarnet treatment group for clinical and virological endpoints, especially in time to complete healing of lesions and time to complete loss of pain. In 177 other patients treated with foscarnet in non-comparative studies, results were sufficiently similar to support the efficacy of foscarnet in this indication.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance A clear colourless solution.
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
250mL X 1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Do not Refrigerate
Life time 3 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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