International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 173–175 | Cite as

Famciclovir as an antiviral agent for a patient with acute renal failure

  • Hyonok YoonEmail author
  • Ki Yon Rhew
Case Report


Case Acyclovir is a widely administered medication for viral infection but is well known for its nephrotoxicity. To date, few studies regarding the safety of alternative antiviral agents have been reported. This study reports the case of a patient with renal dysfunction who suffers from acute herpes zoster (shingles) on her back. While renal function deteriorated with the use of acyclovir, the patient’s symptoms improved and baseline renal function recovered when she was treated with famciclovir. Conclusions Famciclovir could be taken as a first-line antiviral agent for patients with acute renal failure.


Acyclovir Famciclovir Nephrotoxicity Renal function 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of PharmacyGyeongsang National UniversityJinjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.College of PharmacyDongduk Women’s UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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