Phosphonoformic acid

Name: Phosphonoformic acid


Black Box Warnings

Renal impairment is the major toxicity; reduce nephrotoxicity risk by IV prehydration with normal saline

Monitor serum creatinine level, and, if indicated, adjust dose according to renal impairment

Seizures, related to alterations in plasma minerals and electrolytes, reported; mineral and electrolyte supplementation may be required

Indicated for use only in immunocompromised patients with cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis and mucocutaneous acyclovir-resistant herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections




Caution with renal impairment

Do not administer by rapid or bolus IV injection; use infusion pump

May be associated with changes in serum electrolytes changes including hypocalcemia, hypo- or hyperphosphatemia, hypomagnesemia, or hypokalemia

Serious acute hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylactic shock, urticaria, angioedema) reported; if such acute reactions occur, discontinue therapy; and institute appropriate medical therapy immediately

Cases of status epilepticus reported; several cases of seizures associated with death; electrolyte abnormalities may increase risk of seizures

Associated with prolongation of QT interval, an ECG abnormality that has been associated with torsades de pointes, reported during postmarketing surveillance; has occurred with confounding risk factors such as underlying cardiac disease, electrolyte abnormalities and other concomitant medications; use caution in patients with history of QT prolongation, taking medications known to prolong the QT interval, patients with electrolyte disturbances, or patients who have other risk factors for QT prolongation; electrocardiograms (ECGs) and measurement of electrolytes should be obtained prior to treatment initiation and periodically during treatment

Due to sodium content of foscarnet (240 micromoles (5.5 mg) of sodium per mL); avoid foscarnet use when IV infusion of large amount of sodium or water may not be tolerated (e.g. in patients with cardiomyopathy); avoid foscarnet use in patients on a controlled sodium diet