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|US Brand Name||Zovirax|
Each Occuvir dispersible tablet of 200 mg contains the medicine called aciclovir, a class of medications that are effective against viral infections (known as antivirals). Antiviral medicines work by stopping or killing the growth of viruses. Aciclovir tablets are effective in treating the following conditions:
- Chickenpox and shingles
- Genital herpes, cold sores, and other herpes simplex infections
Antiviral medicine stops these problems from returning after you have had them. It also stops these conditions in people with impaired immune systems; such people cannot fight infections.
It is important to begin this antiviral treatment as soon as possible. Swallow the tablet with food. If you have trouble swallowing the tablet, you can disperse it in a glass of water and drink after stirring the solution. Drink enough water during the entire treatment. The dose of this antiviral drug usually depends on the type of viral infection you have. It should be determined individually for each patient by the doctor. Your doctor will discuss the correct dose and duration with you. In some cases, dosage may differ from the recommended one; in that case, please check with your doctor to be sure.
Do not take Occuvir dispersible tablets if you are allergic to aciclovir or valaciclovir or any other medicine ingredients. If you have any doubt, please talk to your doctor before taking the tablets. Let your doctor know before taking Occuvir tabs if you have kidney problems, impaired immune system, or are over 65 years of age. You should tell your doctor if you take certain medicines, including probenecid, cimetidine, and mycophenolate mofetil. If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, please ask your doctor for advice before taking medicine. There is still not enough evidence available on the consequences of using aciclovir during pregnancy. The antiviral drug passes into breast milk.
Similarly, not enough information is yet available about the consequences of this. Therefore, it is always important to contact your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines. This includes medicines you obtained without prescription vitamins and herbal supplements.
Common side effects of Ocuvir Dispersible table are headache, diarrhoea, feeling or being sick, stomach pain, skin reactions after exposure to light, feeling faint, dizziness, and feeling faint, especially when standing up. Allergic reactions may occur; stop taking Occuvir tablets and see a doctor straight away if you have an allergic reaction. The signs of an allergic reaction include rash, hives, swelling of your face/lips/tongue or other parts of the body, and shortness of breath. Some side effects, such as feeling sleepy or tired, may affect how you think and react. Avoid driving or indulging in activities that require you to be alert.