(Aciclovir for viral infections)
Common English name: Aciclovir for viral infections
Application: Viral infection in children and adults
Acyclovir Drug Information
Medication Information: Acyclovir is used to treat two common viral infections: chickenpox and herpes simplex. Chickenpox (shingles) virus causes chickenpox and shingles, and herpes simplex virus (genital herpes) causes cold sores and genital herpes. This drug reduces the severity of the infection and stops its spread by preventing the virus from multiplying. In addition to treating infections, acyclovir can be prescribed to prevent some viral infections. These infections often occur in people with low immune systems.
Although some types of herpes infections (for example, cold sores) can be treated with creams or ointments, more severe infections require pills and medication. Information on topical forms of acyclovir (cream and ointment) is not included in this article. But here we are talking about acyclovir tablets
Information about aciclovir eye ointment and acyclovir cream is written in a separate article and you can follow these medications.
Contraindications to Acyclovir
Pay attention to the expiration date of the medicine and do not take it if the medicine in your hand has expired.
Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.
Check for drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Acyclovir drug interaction
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 medicines and herbal products) 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 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 take medicines containing valaciclovir while you are taking acyclovir.
Tips to consider before taking Acyclovir
Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best to let your doctor know the following before taking acyclovir:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have a kidney problem.
- If you are currently 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 a drug.
Possible side effects of Acyclovir
All medications can cause side effects; But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. In case of persistent side effects, the doctor should be informed:
Feeling sick, pain, headache, fever, diarrhea, itchy rash and feeling dizzy and tired
Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to the use of acyclovir.
How to store Acyclovir
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.