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ganciclovir or cidofovir?

Jan 7, 2005

which of these two is less harmful to the body when used long term, ganciclovir or cidofovir?

Response from Dr. Pierone

Long-term use of cidofovir (Vistide) is very challenging because of kidney toxicity. Gancyclovir is probably better tolerated long-term for this reason. But some individuals will tolerate cidofovir well for long periods. Valcyte (valgancyclovir) is more commonly used now than gancyclovir because it is available in oral form. Hope this helps.

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