What is Acivir (Acyclovir) used for?
Acivir (Acyclovir) is a type of antiviral medication that is used to inhibit the growth and advancement of the herpes virus. This allows the body to fight the infection, as well as lessening the symptoms of infection. It can also treat illnesses caused by the herpes virus, such as shingles, chicken pox, cold sores and genital herpes. It is important to note that this drug will only provide relief from the symptoms of herpes, but will not cure the herpes virus.
How should I use Acivir (Acyclovir)?
Acivir (Acyclovir) comes in the form of tablets, which are taken orally. Patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 2 to 5 times per day. If taken to treat an outbreak, you may be directed to take it for 5 to 10 days, starting as soon as possible after your symptoms begin. Patients taking this drug to prevent outbreaks of herpes may need to take it for up to 12 months. Always follow the directions of your physician while taking this medication and never exceed the prescribed dosage.
What are the side effects of Acivir (Acyclovir)?
Acivir (Acyclovir) has been known to cause some side effects to occur, such as:
Patients should consult their physician immeidately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if they notice any other more serious side effects, such as changes in urination, unusual bruising or back pain.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Acivir (Acyclovir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.