What is acyclovir?
Acyclovir is an antiviral medication for genital herpes. It are often taken to treat or prevent herpes genitalis outbreaks and may be a prescription-only treatment. Although there is no cure for herpes and the virus will remain in your body, taking aciclovir can stop or reduce the unpleasant symptoms. In order to shop for Aciclovir, you would like a prescription. When you place an order with us, one among our doctors will review your order and issue a prescription if the medication is suitable for you.
How is acyclovir taken?
Aciclovir tablets are often taken without food but you ought to drink a glass of water whenever you're taking a tablet. You should also drink many water during your treatment to attenuate the danger of dehydration, as aciclovir are often harmful to the kidneys if you become dehydrated.
Which dosage do I require?
The dosage and duration of your course of aciclovir depend on whether you have herpes symptoms at the moment or whether you are having treatment to prevent recurrent genital herpes outbreaks.
Dosage for an acute outbreak
If you're affected by an acute herpes outbreak, the doctor will prescribe a 5-day course of three 400mg aciclovir tablets to be taken a day . Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.
If you have had more than six genital herpes outbreaks in the last year or you are struggling with particularly severe symptoms, our doctor may recommend a preventative herpes treatment of two 400mg tablets of aciclovir, to be taken a day for 6-12 months. This may prevent you from getting further outbreaks.
How fast will it work?
How quickly and the way well aciclovir works depends on the severity of your symptoms and the way soon after you begin noticing symptoms you begin treatment.
It is best to start out taking aciclovir as soon as you notice the primary symptoms. In some cases, aciclovir will prevent the event of sores if taken before the primary sores have developed.
Once the lesions have developed, aciclovir can prevent further sores from developing and help your body fight the virus. The duration of every herpes flare-up varies and an epidemic can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. You should consult a doctor as soon as you begin experiencing the symptoms of an epidemic .
Can I have sex while taking aciclovir?
The herpes easily passed on during a lively outbreak but are often passed on at any time. You should avoid having sex until all lesions have healed completely. If you do choose to have sex in the meantime, you should use a condom.
Using a condom will help reduce the risk of transmission. As condoms only cover the penis but leave other areas of your partner’s skin exposed, there is still a risk that you could transmit the virus, even when using a condom.
Once you carry the virus, there is always a risk that you could pass it on to a partner, regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms. It is best to continue using a condom once your lesions have healed to reduce the risk of transmission.
What is in an acyclovir tablet?
Every aciclovir tablet contains 400mg of aciclovir (the ‘active ingredient’). Additional ingredients may include lactose, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, E132, sodium starch glycollate, colloidal anhydrous silica, E172, or E460.
If you think that that you simply are allergic to any of those ingredients, consult the doctor before taking the primary dose.
Depending on which brand the pharmacy dispenses, your aciclovir medication could also be called Zovirax. Zovirax is that the name of the medication, which contains acyclovir.
Aciclovir Side Effects
Common aciclovir side effects
nausea and being sick
skin rashes and itching
Uncommon side effects
sensitivity to sunlight (as well as certain artificial lights and sunbeds)
Rare side effects
generally feeling unwell
drowsiness, confusion, or hallucinations
increase in certain liver enzymes and bilirubin (the yellow pigment found in bile)
kidney problems and kidney failure
severe skin rash with blisters, ulcers, flushing, and fever
peeling and swelling of the skin
fits and reduced consciousness
Very rare side effects
changes in the numbers and types of your blood cells (anemia, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia) which could lead to bruising, bleeding, tiredness, or infections
If you experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Warnings and Drug Interactions
Depending on your general health and medical history, aciclovir tablets may not be suitable for you. Do not take aciclovir if you experience:
an allergy to aciclovir or one of the ingredients
certain conditions affecting the nervous system - you should tell your doctor if you have any neurological problems
The risk of kidney problems with aciclovir is increased with dehydration, especially if you’re taking tablets which contain a high dosage. You should drink many fluids to remain hydrated.
Can you take aciclovir while breastfeeding?
There is only limited information on whether aciclovir is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you experience a bout of herpes during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, visit your doctor to discuss treatment options.
Aciclovir tablets are known to interact with certain medications, including the following:
cimetidine (an antihistamine drug which is used to treat stomach acidity and peptic ulcers) and probenecid (used to treat gout)
theophylline (used in the treatment of asthma)
zidovudine (an HIV drug)
ciclosporin and mycophenolate mofetil (medicines affecting the immune system that are often used in organ transplantation)
Can you take acyclovir with alcohol?
There is no known interaction between alcohol and aciclovir, so drinking alcohol while taking aciclovir should not affect your treatment. You may wish to avoid drinking an excessive amount of alcohol while suffering from a bout of herpes to help your body recover and fight the infection.
Zovirax can be slightly more expensive than the generic medication.