Acyclovir is an antiviral medication which used to treat herpes infections of the skin, lip, and genitals; herpes zoster; and chickenpox. Acyclovir cream stops viral replication, but it does not work in treating certain virus infections, such as the common cold.
Dosage and direction
Take it orally with or without food/milk. Commonly used dose is 200 mg every 4 hours, five times a day for ten days. If the herpes is recurrent, the recommended dose for adults is 400 mg two times a day for 1 year. Washing of your hands will help you to prevent passing the infection to others.
Note: this instruction presented here just for review. It’s very necessary to consult with your doctor before using. It help you to get best results.
Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Do not touch your eyes after touching an infected area. Do not use without doctor’s permission if your medical history include: kidney disease or liver disease. Acyclovir cream should not be used during pregnancy, becoming pregnant or lactating without doctor’s advice. Do not use Acyclovir cream before breast-feeding without doctor’s advice.
Acyclovir is not allowed in patients with kidney disorders. Also Acyclovir cream is contraindicated in people who are hypersensitive to Zovirax, Acyclovir or similar drugs.
Possible side effect
They may include an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Also the most possible side effects include:
pain in your lower back;
urinating less than usual or not at all;
easy bruising or bleeding;
Less serious include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
headache, feeling light-headed;
swelling in your hands or feet.
If you experience one of them stop using Acyclovir cream and tell your doctor as soon as possible. Also consult with your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual.
Acyclovir interact with: probenecid (Benemid), Tizanidine, Varicella Virus Vaccine, Fosphenytoin, Phenytoin, Valproic Acid. Also note that interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. As usual it affects the the effect of drugs, so consult with your doctor about how it interactions are being managed or should be managed.
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Take your usually dose next day in the same regularly time.
Symptoms of Acyclovir overdose include: seizure (convulsions), hallucinations, and urinating less than usual or not at all. If you experience one of them or any unusual symptom call your doctor immediately.
Store at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture, kids and pets. Do not use after expiration term.