ANTIVIRAL AGENTS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS OF TREATING INFLUENZA AND HERPES

Authors

  • Rebecca H. Burpo CNM, MS

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    • Rebecca H. Burpo currently practices midwifery in a freestanding birth center/homebirth practice in Dallas, Texas. Her professional midwifery experience includes practice in a hospital midwifery service, consultation, midwifery education, and independent practice. Ms. Burpo holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a midwifery certificate from the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery.


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ABSTRACT

This article updates the practitioner on the pharmacology of antiviral agents. The mechanism of action of the six different classifications of antiviral agents is described. Because influenza and herpes are the viral infections that are most frequently treated in clinical practice, the pharmacotherapeutics of common antiviral agents for these infections are described. This includes pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, preparations, and dosages. Other recommendations related to prescribing and client education surrounding each of the pharmaceutical agents is reviewed.

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