Also marketed as Xovir, Aciclovir, Acivir and Cyclovir.
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- How to take
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Missed dose
The primary use of Acyclovir is to treat the symptoms of herpes simplex virus. However, its effect is only temporary and does not provide complete cure of the illness. Acyclovir attacks and destroys the biggest part of the herpes virus, preventing its growth and spreading. Take Acyclovir as soon as you start experiencing any of the following: blisters, burning or itching sensation, scabbing sores and the accompanying flu symptoms.
Acyclovir should be taken only according to your doctor’s instructions and for the entire period prescribed, even if the symptoms you are suffering from heal before it ends. Acyclovir can be taken during meals or otherwise with a full glass of water.
Familiarize yourself with the ingredients before taking the medication to make sure that none of them will cause allergic reactions. In case any symptoms of an allergic reaction are experienced after you started taking the medication, stop the course and seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects of Acyclovir include nausea, vomiting, headache, pain in the abdominal section, dizziness and slightly swollen limbs. However, if any of these symptoms persist over time, consult a medical professional.
Similarly, contact a doctor if you experience any of the more dangerous side effects such as significant changes in urine volumes, pain in the lower back, inclination to easy bruising, increased bleeding, disorientation and utmost fatigue.
This list of side effects is not complete. To get more detailed information about possible risks involved in taking Acyclovir in your individual case, consult your doctor.
Consult a medical specialist concerning any allergies you might have to Acyclovir ingredients before starting the course, as you would usually do before starting any new medical treatment. Make sure to notify your doctor in advance if you have one of the following conditions: kidney disease, suppressed immune system diseases such as HIV, kidney or bone marrow transplants, etc. Those patients who have a history of kidney diseases might be especially inclined to experience the side effects of taking Acyclovir.
Note that Acyclovir does not cure the virus of genital herpes, but only fights its symptoms. It also doesn’t provide protection against transmission of this contagious disease. To avoid transmission, maintain hygiene of the affected areas and avoid contact with others. It is particularly recommended to practice safe sex until all the scabs have healed and fallen off.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, or those planning to get pregnant or start breastfeeding, should consult a medical professional before they start taking Acyclovir, as it can pass into breast milk and potentially harm the child.
Before starting the course of Acyclovir, let your doctor know of all prescription and non-prescription medications you have been taking prior to it. Pay special attention if you have been taking probenecid or valacyclovir as they might interfere with Acyclovir.
If you have missed your dose of Acyclovir, make sure to take it as soon as possible. However, two doses should never be taken at the same time, so if the time for the next dose has almost come, DO NOT take the dose you have missed.
Store Acyclovir at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C) away from heat, moisture and light (do not store in a bathroom cabinet). Keep out of reach of children and pets.