Cidofovir is an antiviral medication that prevents certain viral cells from multiplying in your body.

Cidofovir is used to treat an eye infection called cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) in people who have AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Cidofovir is not a cure for CMV or AIDS.

Cidofovir is for treating CMV only in people who have AIDS.

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  • More common
    Fever, chills, or sore throat
    Severity: Moderate
    If any of the following side effects occur while taking cidofovir, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

    More common
    Decreased urination
    increased thirst and urination
    Rare
    Decreased vision or any change in vision
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cidofovir may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Diarrhea
    headache
    loss of appetite
    nausea
    vomiting
    Less common
    Generalized weakness
    loss of strength
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