AIDS An antiviral for treating CMV colitis, hepatitis, pneumonia, retinitis; acyclovir resistant HSV, nonresponders to gancyclovir; foscarnet inhibits other herpes viruses and HIV; being studied for treatment of KS Adverse effects Renal damage, meatus rash, which may disappear even if foscarnet is discontinued. See AIDS. Cf ddC, ddI, Zidovudine.
A DNA POLYMERASE INHIBITOR drug used to treat severe herpes infections in immunocompromised people and cytomegalovirus internal eye infections in people with AIDS. A brand name is Foscavir.