Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. Treats cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex), herpes zoster (caused by herpes zoster) and chicken pox. This drug is also used to treat genital herpes outbreaks. In people with frequent outbreaks, acyclovir is used to reduce the number of future episodes. Aciclovir is an antiviral drug. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Acyclovir reduces the severity and length of these outbreaks. Helps sores heal faster, keep new sores, and reduce pain / itching. This drug can also help reduce the duration of pain after wounds heal. Furthermore, in people with weakened immune systems, acyclovir can reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.
HOW TO USE:
Take this drug by mouth with or without food, usually 2 to 5 times a day as directed by your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this drug unless your doctor tells you otherwise. If you are using the liquid form of this drug, shake the bottle well before each dose. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring cup / spoon. Do not use a household spoon as you may not get the correct dose. This drug works best if started at the first sign of an epidemic, as directed by the doctor. It may not work as well if treatment is delayed. Treatment is based on the medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight. This drug works best when the amount of the drug in the body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at regular intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same time every day.Continue taking this drug until the prescribed amount is completed. Do not change the dose, skip doses or discontinue this drug early without doctor's approval. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or gets worse.
nausea may occur. If nausea persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this drug because he has assessed that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people who use this drug have no serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these unlikely but serious side effects: dizziness, sleepiness, signs of kidney problems (such as a change in the amount of urine, unusual back / side pain), mental / mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations), shaky / unstable movement, difficulty speaking. This drug can rarely cause a life-threatening disease affecting blood cells, kidneys, and other parts of the body. This disorder is more likely to occur if you have conditions related to a weakened immune system (such as HIV disease, bone marrow transplant, kidney transplant). Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: extreme tiredness, slow / fast / irregular heartbeat, bruising / bleeding, new fever, blood urine / wake, stomach / abdominal pain, eyes / skin yellowing, sudden changes in vision, loss of consciousness, seizures. A very severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including: rash, itching / swelling (especially of the face / tongue / throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.