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Acyclovir is an antiviral drug in the treatment of viral infections. It belongs to the class of guanosine analogue antiviral drug (NRTI). This medicine is used for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections manifesting in the skin and genitals. This medicine aims to cure the painful signs of herpes simplex viral infection and speeds up the healing process. It is available in the form of topical dosage form which is meant to be applied on the infected area.
The ailments,it is used for:
Acyclovir is a drug that is given in the treatment of viral infections listed below:
Understanding the drug Acyclovir:
Acyclovir is a potent antiviral drug that treats multiple infections like cold sores on the face, lips and herpes simplex virus infection.
How it works?
Acyclovir gets converted by viral thymidine kinase enzyme present in the body to its active form i.e. acyclovir monophosphate which is further converted into acyclovir triphosphate. It binds and inactivates the formation of viral DNA.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Acyclovir if you:
How much to take?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing your condition and various factors such as age, gender and body weight. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient. It can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition. Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Acyclovir is available in following strength preparation on our website:
Who is the manufacturer?
Acivir is manufactured by Cipla Pharmaceuticals private limited, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 1, 3 and 6 packs.
Herpex is manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals limited, a pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 1,3 and 6 packs.
How to apply?
Acyclovir is applied exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The general way of using a medicated ointment involves the following steps:
When to apply?
Always apply the medicine as instructed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount. Generally, Acyclovir is applied once a day. The application dose and time purely depends upon patient’s condition. So, doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Consult your doctor before using the drug.
For how long should it be applied?
Apply the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the drug application.
What if you apply too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter any unusual symptoms.
What if you miss the dose?
Acyclovir is applied only after doctor’s recommendation. Apply the medicine as long recommended by the doctor. This reduces the chances of missing a dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug has also some undesired effects with it. Acyclovir shows common side effects such as:
.Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are as stated below:
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Acyclovir.
What are the things to be taken care of?