General English name: Aciclovir cream
Brand: Cymex Ultra®, Virasorb®, Zovirax®, Acyclovir
Application: Treatment of herpes and genital herpes
Medicinal forms of acyclovir cream
Medicinal information of acyclovir cream
Acyclovir cream is an antiviral agent that works by attacking the herpes simplex virus; There are two types of herpes simplex virus:
- Herpes simplex virus type 1: The most common cause of herpes is around the mouth. It also causes half of all cases of genital herpes.
- Herpes simplex virus type 2: usually causes genital herpes. It can sometimes cause herpes around the mouth.
It does not kill the herpes simplex virus, but it does prevent it from multiplying; This means that although it may have little effect on existing wounds, it can prevent them from getting worse. If you use acyclovir cream as soon as the symptoms and sores start, the severity and duration of the sores will decrease.
Important Note: Note that this virus is contagious and you should follow these tips:
- If herpes is around your mouth, avoid kissing other people.
- If you have genital herpes, avoid having sex.
Acyclovir is also used to treat viral infections and acyclovir ointment is also used to treat eye diseases. For more information about these drugs, you can refer to their page.
Dosage and method of using acyclovir cream
- Read the package leaflet carefully before starting treatment with acyclovir. This brochure will help you to get comprehensive information about how to use the cream and be aware of its possible side effects.
- The dosage of acyclovir cream may vary from person to person, but it is usually prescribed 5 times a day, so it is best to apply this cream on the affected area every four hours. Use the medicine exactly as your doctor advised. You will probably need to continue this procedure for 5 consecutive days to complete the treatment.
- If you forget to take your daily dose of acyclovir cream at the scheduled time but soon forget, take the cream and take the next dose at their usual time.
- Wash and dry your hands before and after using acyclovir cream to prevent the spread of infection.
Contraindications Acyclovir cream
- Note the expiration date of acyclovir cream and do not take it if your medicine has expired.
- Never give acyclovir cream to another person, even if you have the same symptoms.
- Do not share a tube of acyclovir cream with another person, as infection may be transmitted between you as a result of rubbing the head of the cream tube into the wounds.
- Check for drug interactions with acyclovir cream, and if you are taking a drug that interacts with this drug, talk to your doctor about using your medications.
Use of acyclovir cream during pregnancy and lactation
During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily without consulting your doctor. Medications can have devastating effects on the fetus or on yourself.
Drug Interactions Acyclovir Cream
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Some medications that may interact with acyclovir cream include: Other medications that may cause kidney problems, including: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen.
Acyclovir is very similar to valacyclovir. Do not use medicines containing valaciclovir while you are taking acyclovir cream.
Special warnings and precautions while taking acyclovir cream
Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking acyclovir cream:
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding.
- If your immune system is not working properly (for example, if you have HIV or AIDS). This is because you may need additional antiviral treatment.
- If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you have a history of an allergic reaction to another medicine.
Side effects of acyclovir cream
All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away after a short time of taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed:
- Exfoliation, dryness, burning or itching of the skin when using the cream: If these symptoms persist for a long time after the end of the treatment with this drug, consult your doctor.
Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel are due to the use of acyclovir cream.
Overdose of acyclovir cream (drug poisoning)
- Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor for acyclovir cream.
- If you feel that someone has been poisoned and you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, change in the amount of urine, extreme tiredness, anxiety, loss of consciousness or seizures, call the emergency room right away.
Storage conditions of acyclovir cream
- Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
- Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.