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Idoxuridine is used in the treatment of eye infections by herpes simplex virus

How it works

Idoxuridine is an antiviral drug. It prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Itching, Inflammation, Pain, Eyelid inflammation

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Expert advice

  • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
  • Drink plenty of water while on treatment with Idoxuridine. This helps to prevent kidney stone and kidney damage.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems. A dose of your medicine may need to be adjusted.
  • You should not have sex if you have genital sores or blisters. If you're taking Idoxuridine for herpes, you should use barrier methods (condoms) when you're having sex since you can still pass it on to other people, even if you're taking the medication.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions



How does idoxuridine work?
Idoxuridine belongs to a class of medication called nucleoside analogues. It stops the DNA replication and inhibits the virus from multiplying


What is idoxuridine used for?
Idoxuridine is used to treat viral infections (keratitis) in the eye caused by herpes simplex


Does idoxuridine need to be refrigerated?
Idoxuridine should be refrigerated but it should not be frozen.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)