Brand Names : Foscavir, phosphonoformic acid, PFA
Foscarnet (foss-KAR-net) is used to treat the symptoms
of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection of the eyes in patients with acquired immune
deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Foscarnet will not cure this eye infection, but
it may help to control worsening of the symptoms. It is also used to treat
herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections of the skin and mucous membranes in
people who are immunocompromised and whose infections did not improve with
other therapy. Foscarnet may also be used for other serious viral infections
as determined by your doctor. However, it does not work in treating certain
viruses, such as the common cold or the flu.
Foscarnet is administered only by or under the supervision of your doctor.
It is available in the following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
Other commonly used names are phosphonoformic
† Not commercially available in Canada.