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Viruses <ul><li>Obligate intracellular parasites </li></ul><ul><li>Consist of a core genome in a protein shell and some ar...
Viruses <ul><li>Steps for Viral Replication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) adsorption and penetration into cell </li></ul></ul><...
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Antiviral Agents <ul><li>Block viral entry into the cell or must work inside the cell </li></ul><ul><li>Most agents are py...
Sites of Drug Action www.freelivedoctor.com
Antiherpes Agents <ul><li>Acyclovir-  prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Valacyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Famciclovir </li></ul><ul...
Mechanism of Action  Acyclovir <ul><li>an acyclic guanosine derivative </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphorylated by  viral thymidin...
Mechanism of Resistance  Acyclovir   <ul><li>Alteration in viral thymidine kinase </li></ul><ul><li>Alteration in viral DN...
Clinical Uses  Acyclovir <ul><li>Oral, IV, and Topical formulations </li></ul><ul><li>Cleared by glomerular filtration and...
Valacyclovir <ul><li>L-valyl ester of acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Converted to acyclovir when ingested </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Famciclovir <ul><li>Prodrug of  penciclovir  (a guanosine analog) </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.:  same as acyclovir </li></ul><...
Trifluridine <ul><li>Trifluridine - fluorinated pyrimidine  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA synthesis same as acy...
Vidarabine <ul><li>An adenosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA polymerase </li></ul><ul><li>incorporated into...
Anti-Cytomegalovirus Agents <ul><li>Gancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Valgancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Cidofovir </li></ul><ul...
Ganciclovir <ul><li>An acyclic guanosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>requires triphosphorylation for activation </li></ul><ul...
Valgancyclovir <ul><li>Monovalyl ester prodrug of gancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolized by intestinal and hepatic este...
Cidofovir <ul><li>Aphosphorylation  cytosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>not  dependent on viral enzymes </li></ul><ul><li>Us...
Foscarnet <ul><li>An inorganic pyrophosphate </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, and HIV reve...
Fomivirsen <ul><li>An oligonucleotide </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.:  binds to mRNA and inhibits protein synthesis and viral re...
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Antiretroviral Agents <ul><li>1) Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Nonnucleoside Re...
Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors <ul><li>Zidovudine (AZT) </li></ul><ul><li>Didanosine-  causes pancreatitis* </li></ul><u...
Mechanism of Action  Zidovudine (AZT) <ul><li>A deoxythymidine analog </li></ul><ul><li>enters the cell via passive diffus...
Mechanism of Resistance    Zidovudine <ul><li>Due to mutations in the reverse transcriptase gene </li></ul><ul><li>more fr...
Clinical Uses  Zidovudine <ul><li>Available in IV and oral formulations </li></ul><ul><li>activity against HIV-1, HIV-2, a...
Side Effects  Zidovudine <ul><li>Myelosuppression, including anemia and neutropenia </li></ul><ul><li>GI intolerance, head...
Other NRTIs <ul><li>Didanosine-  synthetic  deoxy-adenosine  analog; causes pancreatitis* </li></ul><ul><li>Lamivudine-  c...
Nucleotide Inhibitors <ul><li>Tenofovir </li></ul><ul><li>Adefovir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
Tenofovir <ul><li>An acyclic nucleoside phosphonate analog of adenosine </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A .- competively inhibits HI...
Adefovir <ul><li>An analog of adenosine monophosphate </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphorylated by cellular kinases  </li></ul><ul>...
Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) <ul><li>Nevirapine </li></ul><ul><li>Delavirdine </li></ul><ul><li...
Mechanism of Action NNRTIs <ul><li>Bind to site on viral reverse transcriptase, different from NRTIs </li></ul><ul><li>res...
<ul><li>Nevirapine-  prevents transmission of HIV from mother to newborn when given at onset of labor and to the neonate a...
Protease Inhibitors <ul><li>Indinavir </li></ul><ul><li>Ritonavir </li></ul><ul><li>Saquinavir </li></ul><ul><li>Nelfinavi...
Protease Inhibitors <ul><li>The protease enzyme cleaves precursor molecules to produce mature, infectious virions </li></u...
Indinavir  and  Ritonavir <ul><li>M.O.A. : Specific inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.R. : med...
Saquinavir <ul><li>A synthetic peptide-like substrate analog </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits HIV-1 protease </li></ul><ul><li>p...
Nelfinavir  and  Amprenavir <ul><li>M.O.A. : Specific inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.R. : m...
Fusion Inhibitors <ul><li>Enfuvirtide  (T-20)- binds to the gp41 subunit of the viral envelope glycoprotein, preventing th...
Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) and protease inh...
Anti-Hepatitis Agents <ul><li>Lamivudine  - Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) </li></ul><ul><li>Adefovir  ...
Interferons <ul><li>Interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>Endogenous proteins  </li></ul><ul><li>induce host cell enzymes that...
Interferons <ul><li>Pegylated interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>A linear or branced polyethylene gylcol (PEG) moiety is at...
Ribavirin <ul><li>A guanosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>phosphorylated intracellularly by host enzymes </li></ul><ul><li>in...
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Anti-Influenza Agents <ul><li>Amantadine </li></ul><ul><li>Rimantadine </li></ul><ul><li>Zanamivir </li></ul>www.freelived...
Amantadine   and  Rimantadine <ul><ul><li>cyclic amines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inhibit the uncoating of viral RNA ther...
Zanamivir  and  Oseltamivir <ul><li>Inhibits the enzyme neuraminidase </li></ul><ul><li>inhibit the replication of influen...
Antiviral Agents
Understanding Viruses <ul><li>Viral Replication </li></ul><ul><li>A virus cannot replicate on its own. </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Understanding Viruses <ul><li>Viruses are difficult to kill because they live inside our cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Any drug...
Viral Infections <ul><li>Competent immune system: </li></ul><ul><li>Best response to viral infections </li></ul><ul><li>A ...
Antivirals <ul><li>Key characteristics of antiviral drugs: </li></ul><ul><li>Able to enter the cells infected with virus. ...
Antivirals <ul><li>Viruses killed by current antiviral therapy: </li></ul><ul><li>cytomegalovirus (CMV) </li></ul><ul><li>...
Antivirals: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Inhibit viral replication </li></ul><ul><li>Inhibit viral attachment </li></ul><ul...
Antivirals  Synthetic Purine Nucleoside Analogues <ul><li>Two types of nucleosides: </li></ul><ul><li>Purine nucleosides <...
Antivirals: Purine Nucleosides <ul><li>Agent Antiviral Activity </li></ul><ul><li>guanines </li></ul><ul><li>acyclovir HSV...
Antivirals: Pyrimidine Nucleosides <ul><li>Agent Antiviral Activity </li></ul><ul><li>cytosines </li></ul><ul><li>lamivudi...
Other Antivirals <ul><li>amantadine  (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine) </li></ul><ul><li>influenza A </li></ul><ul><...
Antivirals:  Side Effects <ul><li>acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Burning when topically applied, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ...
Antivirals:  Side Effects <ul><li>zidovudine (AZT) </li></ul><ul><li>Bone marrow suppression, nausea, headache </li></ul><...
Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Before beginning therapy, thoroughly  assess underlying disease and medical histo...
Antivirals:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Be sure to teach proper application technique for ointments, aerosol  powders, e...
Antivirals:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Instruct patients to consult their physician before taking any other medication,...
Antivirals:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Instruct patients on the importance of taking these medications exactly as presc...
Antivirals:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for side effects: </li></ul><ul><li>effects are varied and specific to e...
Antivirals:  Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects: </li></ul><ul><li>effects will vary depending o...
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  1. 1. Antiviral Agents www.freelivedoctor.com
  2. 2. Viruses <ul><li>Obligate intracellular parasites </li></ul><ul><li>Consist of a core genome in a protein shell and some are surrounded by a lipoprotein </li></ul><ul><li>lack a cell wall and cell membrane </li></ul><ul><li>do not carry out metabolic processes </li></ul><ul><li>Replication depends on the host cell machinery </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  3. 3. Viruses <ul><li>Steps for Viral Replication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) adsorption and penetration into cell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) uncoating of viral nucleic acid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3) synthesis of regulatory proteins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4) synthesis of RNA or DNA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5) synthesis of structural proteins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6) assembly of viral particles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7) release from host cell </li></ul></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  4. 4. Sites of Drug Action www.freelivedoctor.com
  5. 5. Antiviral Agents <ul><li>Block viral entry into the cell or must work inside the cell </li></ul><ul><li>Most agents are pyrimidine or purine nucleoside analogs </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  6. 6. Sites of Drug Action www.freelivedoctor.com
  7. 7. Antiherpes Agents <ul><li>Acyclovir- prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Valacyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Famciclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Penciclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Trifluridine </li></ul><ul><li>Vidarabine </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  8. 8. Mechanism of Action Acyclovir <ul><li>an acyclic guanosine derivative </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphorylated by viral thymidine kinase </li></ul><ul><li>Di-and tri-phosphorylated by host cellular enzymes </li></ul><ul><li>Inhibits viral DNA synthesis by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) competing with dGTP for viral DNA polymerase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) chain termination </li></ul></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  9. 9. Mechanism of Resistance Acyclovir <ul><li>Alteration in viral thymidine kinase </li></ul><ul><li>Alteration in viral DNA polymerase </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-resistance with valacyclovir, famciclovir, and ganciclovir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  10. 10. Clinical Uses Acyclovir <ul><li>Oral, IV, and Topical formulations </li></ul><ul><li>Cleared by glomerular filtration and tubular secretion </li></ul><ul><li>Uses : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 (HSV) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side Effects : nausea, diarrhea, headache, tremors, and delirium </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  11. 11. Valacyclovir <ul><li>L-valyl ester of acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Converted to acyclovir when ingested </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A. : same as acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Uses : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1) recurrent genital herpes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) herpes zoster infections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side Effects : nausea, diarrhea, and headache </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  12. 12. Famciclovir <ul><li>Prodrug of penciclovir (a guanosine analog) </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.: same as acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>does not cause chain termination </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, EBV, and hepatitis B </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects : nausea, diarrhea, and headache </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  13. 13. Trifluridine <ul><li>Trifluridine - fluorinated pyrimidine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA synthesis same as acyclovir </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>incorporates into viral and cellular DNA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses : HSV-1 and HSV-2 (topically) </li></ul></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  14. 14. Vidarabine <ul><li>An adenosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA polymerase </li></ul><ul><li>incorporated into viral and cellular DNA </li></ul><ul><li>metabolized to hypoxanthine arabinoside </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects : GI intolerance and myelosuppression </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  15. 15. Anti-Cytomegalovirus Agents <ul><li>Gancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Valgancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Cidofovir </li></ul><ul><li>Foscarnet </li></ul><ul><li>Fomivirsen </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  16. 16. Ganciclovir <ul><li>An acyclic guanosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>requires triphosphorylation for activation </li></ul><ul><li>monophosphorylation is catalyzed by a phosphotransferase in CMV and by thymidine kinase in HSV cells </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.: same as acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Uses : CMV*, HSV, VZV,and EBV </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effect : myelosuppression </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  17. 17. Valgancyclovir <ul><li>Monovalyl ester prodrug of gancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Metabolized by intestinal and hepatic esterases when administered orally </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.: same as gancyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Uses : CMV* </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effect : myelosuppression </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  18. 18. Cidofovir <ul><li>Aphosphorylation cytosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>not dependent on viral enzymes </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: CMV*, HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, EBV, HHV-6, adenovirus, and human papillomavirus </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects: nephrotoxicity (prevented by admin. of probenecid) </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance: mutation in DNA polymerase gene </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  19. 19. Foscarnet <ul><li>An inorganic pyrophosphate </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits viral DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase, and HIV reverse transcriptase </li></ul><ul><li>does not have to be phosphorylated </li></ul><ul><li>Uses: HSV, VZV, CMV, EBV, HHV-6, HBV, and HIV </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance due to mutations in DNA polymerase gene </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects: hypo- or hypercalcemia and phosphotemia </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  20. 20. Fomivirsen <ul><li>An oligonucleotide </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A.: binds to mRNA and inhibits protein synthesis and viral replication </li></ul><ul><li>Uses : CMV retinitis </li></ul><ul><li>Side effects : iritis and increased intraocular pressure </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
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  22. 22. Antiretroviral Agents <ul><li>1) Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) </li></ul><ul><li>3)Protease inhibitors </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  23. 23. Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors <ul><li>Zidovudine (AZT) </li></ul><ul><li>Didanosine- causes pancreatitis* </li></ul><ul><li>Lamivudine- causes pancreatitis </li></ul><ul><li>Zalcitabine- causes peripheral neuropathy * </li></ul><ul><li>Stavudine- causes peripheral neuropathy* </li></ul><ul><li>Abacavir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  24. 24. Mechanism of Action Zidovudine (AZT) <ul><li>A deoxythymidine analog </li></ul><ul><li>enters the cell via passive diffusion </li></ul><ul><li>must be converted to the triphosphate form by mammalian thymidine kinase </li></ul><ul><li>competitively inhibits deoxythymidine triphosphate for the reverse transcriptase enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>causes chain termination </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  25. 25. Mechanism of Resistance Zidovudine <ul><li>Due to mutations in the reverse transcriptase gene </li></ul><ul><li>more frequent after prolong therapy and in persons with HIV </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  26. 26. Clinical Uses Zidovudine <ul><li>Available in IV and oral formulations </li></ul><ul><li>activity against HIV-1, HIV-2, and human T cell lymphotropic viruses </li></ul><ul><li>mainly used for treatment of HIV, decreases rate of progression and prolongs survival </li></ul><ul><li>prevents mother to newborn transmission of HIV </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  27. 27. Side Effects Zidovudine <ul><li>Myelosuppression, including anemia and neutropenia </li></ul><ul><li>GI intolerance, headaches, and insomnia </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  28. 28. Other NRTIs <ul><li>Didanosine- synthetic deoxy-adenosine analog; causes pancreatitis* </li></ul><ul><li>Lamivudine- cytosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>Zalcitabine- cytosine analog; causes peripheral neuropathy* </li></ul><ul><li>Stavudine- thymidine analog;causes peripheral neuropathy* </li></ul><ul><li>Abacavir- guanosine analog; more effective than the other agents; fatal hypersensitivity reactions can occur </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  29. 29. Nucleotide Inhibitors <ul><li>Tenofovir </li></ul><ul><li>Adefovir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  30. 30. Tenofovir <ul><li>An acyclic nucleoside phosphonate analog of adenosine </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A .- competively inhibits HIV reverse transcriptase and causes chain termination after incorporation into DNA </li></ul><ul><li>Uses – in combination with other antiretrovirals for HIV-1 suppression </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  31. 31. Adefovir <ul><li>An analog of adenosine monophosphate </li></ul><ul><li>Phosphorylated by cellular kinases </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.A. - Competitively inhibits HBV DNA polymerase and results in chain termination after incorporation into viral DNA </li></ul><ul><li>Uses - Hepatitis B </li></ul><ul><li>Side effects - nephrotoxicity </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  32. 32. Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) <ul><li>Nevirapine </li></ul><ul><li>Delavirdine </li></ul><ul><li>Efavirenz </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  33. 33. Mechanism of Action NNRTIs <ul><li>Bind to site on viral reverse transcriptase, different from NRTIs </li></ul><ul><li>results in blockade of RNA and DNA dependent DNA polymerase activity </li></ul><ul><li>do not compete with nucleoside triphosphates </li></ul><ul><li>do not require phosphorylation </li></ul><ul><li>these drugs can not be given alone </li></ul><ul><li>substrates and inhibitors of CYP3A4 </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  34. 34. <ul><li>Nevirapine- prevents transmission of HIV from mother to newborn when given at onset of labor and to the neonate at delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Delavirdine- teratogenic, therefore can not be given during pregnancy </li></ul><ul><li>Efavirenz- teratogenic, therefore can not be given during pregnancy </li></ul>Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs) www.freelivedoctor.com
  35. 35. Protease Inhibitors <ul><li>Indinavir </li></ul><ul><li>Ritonavir </li></ul><ul><li>Saquinavir </li></ul><ul><li>Nelfinavir </li></ul><ul><li>Amprenavir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  36. 36. Protease Inhibitors <ul><li>The protease enzyme cleaves precursor molecules to produce mature, infectious virions </li></ul><ul><li>these agents inhibit protease and prevent the spread of infection </li></ul><ul><li>These agents cause a syndrome of altered body fat distribution, insulin resistance, and hyperlipidemia </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  37. 37. Indinavir and Ritonavir <ul><li>M.O.A. : Specific inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.R. : mediated by expression of multiple and variable protease amino acid substitutions </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects :hyperbilirubinemia </li></ul><ul><li>Contraindications :inhibitor/substrate for CPY3A4, do not give with antifungal azoles </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  38. 38. Saquinavir <ul><li>A synthetic peptide-like substrate analog </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits HIV-1 protease </li></ul><ul><li>prevents cleavage of viral polyproteins </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  39. 39. Nelfinavir and Amprenavir <ul><li>M.O.A. : Specific inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease enzyme </li></ul><ul><li>M.O.R. : mediated by expression of multiple and variable protease amino acid substitutions </li></ul><ul><li>Less cross-resistance with Amprenavir </li></ul><ul><li>Side Effects : diarrhea and flatulence </li></ul><ul><li>Amprenavir can cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome </li></ul><ul><li>Contraindications :inhibitor/substrate for CPY3A4 </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  40. 40. Fusion Inhibitors <ul><li>Enfuvirtide (T-20)- binds to the gp41 subunit of the viral envelope glycoprotein, preventing the conformational changes required for fusion of the viral and cellular membranes </li></ul><ul><li>By blocking fusion (entry into cell), FUZEON prevents HIV from infecting CD4 cells </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  41. 41. Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) and protease inhibitor (PI) classes prevent the replication of HIV by working inside CD4 cells after they have been infected with HIV. The drugs in these three classes then target specific steps in the replication process to prevent the creation of new HIV particles. Fusion inhibitors differ from these drugs because they work on the outside of the cell to prevent HIV from fusing with, and infecting the CD4 cells in the first place. from Fuzeon.com www.freelivedoctor.com
  42. 42. Anti-Hepatitis Agents <ul><li>Lamivudine - Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) </li></ul><ul><li>Adefovir - Nucleotide Inhibitor </li></ul><ul><li>Interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>Pegylated Interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>Ribavirin </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  43. 43. Interferons <ul><li>Interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>Endogenous proteins </li></ul><ul><li>induce host cell enzymes that inhibit viral RNA translation and cause degradation of viral mRNA and tRNA </li></ul><ul><li>Bind to membrane receptors on cell surface </li></ul><ul><li>May also inhibit viral penetration, uncoating, mRNA synthesis, and translation, and virion assembly and release </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  44. 44. Interferons <ul><li>Pegylated interferon Alfa </li></ul><ul><li>A linear or branced polyethylene gylcol (PEG) moiety is attached to covalently to interferon </li></ul><ul><li>Increased half-life and steady drug concentrations </li></ul><ul><li>Less frequent dosing </li></ul><ul><li>Tx chronic hepatitis C in combination with ribavirin </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  45. 45. Ribavirin <ul><li>A guanosine analog </li></ul><ul><li>phosphorylated intracellularly by host enzymes </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits capping of viral messenger RNA </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase </li></ul><ul><li>inhibits replication of DNA and RNA viruses </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
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  47. 47. Anti-Influenza Agents <ul><li>Amantadine </li></ul><ul><li>Rimantadine </li></ul><ul><li>Zanamivir </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  48. 48. Amantadine and Rimantadine <ul><ul><li>cyclic amines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inhibit the uncoating of viral RNA therefore inhibiting replication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resistance due to mutations in the RNA sequence coding for the structural M2 protein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>used in the prevention and treatment of Influenza A </li></ul></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  49. 49. Zanamivir and Oseltamivir <ul><li>Inhibits the enzyme neuraminidase </li></ul><ul><li>inhibit the replication of influenza A and Influenza B </li></ul><ul><li>treats uncomplicated influenza infections </li></ul><ul><li>administered intranasally </li></ul>www.freelivedoctor.com
  50. 50. Antiviral Agents
  51. 51. Understanding Viruses <ul><li>Viral Replication </li></ul><ul><li>A virus cannot replicate on its own. </li></ul><ul><li>It must attach to and enter a host cell. </li></ul><ul><li>It then uses the host cell’s energy to synthesize protein, DNA, and RNA. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Understanding Viruses <ul><li>Viruses are difficult to kill because they live inside our cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Any drug that kills a virus may also kill our cells. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Viral Infections <ul><li>Competent immune system: </li></ul><ul><li>Best response to viral infections </li></ul><ul><li>A well-functioning immune system will eliminate or effectively destroy virus replication </li></ul><ul><li>Immunocompromised patients have frequent viral infections </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer patients, especially leukemia or lymphoma </li></ul><ul><li>Transplant patients, due to pharmacological therapy </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS patients, disease attacks immune system </li></ul>
  54. 54. Antivirals <ul><li>Key characteristics of antiviral drugs: </li></ul><ul><li>Able to enter the cells infected with virus. </li></ul><ul><li>Interfere with viral nucleic acid synthesis and/or regulation. </li></ul><ul><li>Some agents interfere with ability of virus to bind to cells. </li></ul><ul><li>Some agents stimulate the body’s immune system. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Antivirals <ul><li>Viruses killed by current antiviral therapy: </li></ul><ul><li>cytomegalovirus (CMV) </li></ul><ul><li>herpes simplex virus (HSV) </li></ul><ul><li>human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) </li></ul><ul><li>influenza A (the “flu”) </li></ul><ul><li>respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) </li></ul>
  56. 56. Antivirals: Mechanism of Action <ul><li>Inhibit viral replication </li></ul><ul><li>Inhibit viral attachment </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent genetic copying of virus </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent viral protein production </li></ul>
  57. 57. Antivirals Synthetic Purine Nucleoside Analogues <ul><li>Two types of nucleosides: </li></ul><ul><li>Purine nucleosides </li></ul><ul><li>guanine </li></ul><ul><li>adenosine </li></ul><ul><li>Pyrimidine nucleosides </li></ul><ul><li>thymine </li></ul><ul><li>cytosine </li></ul>
  58. 58. Antivirals: Purine Nucleosides <ul><li>Agent Antiviral Activity </li></ul><ul><li>guanines </li></ul><ul><li>acyclovir HSV 1 & 2, VZV </li></ul><ul><li>ganciclovir (DHPG) CMV retinitis and systemic CMV infection </li></ul><ul><li>ribavirin (RTCD) Influenza types A and B, RSV, LV, HV </li></ul><ul><li>adenosines </li></ul><ul><li>didanosine (ddl) HIV </li></ul><ul><li>vidarabine (Ara-A) HSV, herpes zoster </li></ul>
  59. 59. Antivirals: Pyrimidine Nucleosides <ul><li>Agent Antiviral Activity </li></ul><ul><li>cytosines </li></ul><ul><li>lamivudine (3TC) HIV </li></ul><ul><li>zalcitabine (ddC) HIV </li></ul><ul><li>thymine </li></ul><ul><li>idoxuridine (IDU) HSV </li></ul><ul><li>stavudine (d4T) HIV </li></ul><ul><li>trifluridine HSV </li></ul><ul><li>zidovudine (AZT) HIV </li></ul>
  60. 60. Other Antivirals <ul><li>amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine) </li></ul><ul><li>influenza A </li></ul><ul><li>foscarnet (Foscavir) </li></ul><ul><li>CMV (retinitis and systemic) </li></ul><ul><li>Neuraminidase Inhibitors: oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) </li></ul><ul><li>influenza types A and B </li></ul>
  61. 61. Antivirals: Side Effects <ul><li>acyclovir </li></ul><ul><li>Burning when topically applied, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache </li></ul><ul><li>amantadine and rimantadine </li></ul><ul><li>Anticholinergic effects, insomnia, lightheadedness, anorexia, nausea </li></ul><ul><li>didanosine (ddl) </li></ul><ul><li>Pancreatitis, peripheral neuropathies, seizures </li></ul>
  62. 62. Antivirals: Side Effects <ul><li>zidovudine (AZT) </li></ul><ul><li>Bone marrow suppression, nausea, headache </li></ul><ul><li>foscarnet (Foscavir) </li></ul><ul><li>Headache, seizures, acute renal failure, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea </li></ul><ul><li>ganciclovir (Cytovene) </li></ul><ul><li>Bone marrow toxicity, nausea, anorexia, vomiting </li></ul>
  63. 63. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Before beginning therapy, thoroughly assess underlying disease and medical history, including allergies. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess baseline VS and nutritional status. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess for contraindications, conditions that may indicate cautious use, and potential drug interactions. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Be sure to teach proper application technique for ointments, aerosol powders, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize hand washing before and after administration of medications to prevent site contamination and spread of infection. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients should wear a glove or finger cot when applying ointments or solutions to affected areas. </li></ul>
  65. 65. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Instruct patients to consult their physician before taking any other medication, including OTC medications. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize the importance of good hygiene. </li></ul><ul><li>Inform patients that antiviral agents are not cures, but do help to manage symptoms. </li></ul>
  66. 66. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Instruct patients on the importance of taking these medications exactly as prescribed and for the full course of treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>With zidovudine: </li></ul><ul><li>Inform patients that hair loss MAY occur so that they are prepared for this rare adverse reaction. </li></ul><ul><li>This medication should be taken on an empty stomach. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for side effects: </li></ul><ul><li>effects are varied and specific to each agent </li></ul>
  68. 68. Antivirals: Nursing Implications <ul><li>Monitor for therapeutic effects: </li></ul><ul><li>effects will vary depending on the type of viral infection </li></ul><ul><li>Effects range from delayed progression of AIDS and ARC to decrease in flu-like symptoms, decreased frequency of herpes-like flare-ups, or crusting over of herpetic lesions. </li></ul>
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