Starting with A for "ACE inhibitor" and continuing through to Y for "Yolk Sac Tumour", we give you succinct explanations for scientific and medical terms in clear and simple words.
- Virostatic DrugsVirostatic drugs are chemical compounds for the treatment of virus infections (cf. infection).
Possible Modes of Action
1. The penetration of viral genetic material and its release are hindered; 2. The replication of the viral genetic material is hindered, e.g. by inhibition of the necessary enzymes in the virus; 3. The maturation of the virus and its release are inhibited.
As a result of drug side-effects and differences between individual viruses, the use of virostatic drugs has as yet been restricted to selected groups of viruses; e.g. Herpes simplex virus, influenza virus, hepatitis viruses.
Pregnancy, breast feeding, kidney failure, allergies and other.
Depending on the drug, e.g. kidney damage, damage to the system which forms new blood cells (haematopoesis), or to the nervous system. Also disturbances in the digestive tract, local reactions at the site of infusion, such as thrombosis of superficial veins and inflammation of the blood vessel wall, hypersensitivity reactions.
Glossary entries: Roche and Walter de Gruyter, Berlin