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Idoxuridine is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections of the skin and mucous membranes. It is also used to treat herpes zoster (shingles) and varicella zoster (chickenpox) infections. Idoxuridine works by preventing the virus from multiplying and spreading to other cells.

Common side effects of idoxuridine include burning, stinging, redness, itching, and swelling at the site of application. Other side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and rash.

Brand names associated with idoxuridine include Herplex, Herplex Ophthalmic, and IDU.

  • idoxuridine
  • IDU
  • anti-infective
  • antiviral
  • nucleoside

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