- Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
What does Acyclovir treat?
Acyclovir is an anti-viral medication that is prescribed to treat infections such as chickenpox, genital herpes, shingles and cold sores caused by herpes viruses. It acts by slowing the growth and spread of herpes virus. It also promotes faster healing of sores. Acyclovir can be found in tablet, topical cream and eye ointment forms. Acyclovir eye ointment is prescribed to treat viral eye infections caused by herpes simplex viruses. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Acyclovir dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. The Acyclovir tablet must be taken with a full glass of water. You can take it with or without food. Make sure you consume plenty of fluids while taking this tablet. If you are using the Acyclovir cream, make sure that it’s applied liberally on the affected area and ensure it does not enter the eyes. To use the Acyclovir eye ointment, put a thin line of this along the inside of the lower eye lid. Wash your hands before and after use.
Missed a dose?
You must follow the dosage immediately once you remember. In case, the time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Acyclovir is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Acyclovir.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Acyclovir might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects of the Acyclovir tablet could be dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and swelling of the hands or feet. The Acyclovir cream may have side effects such as cracked or dry lips, burning and stinging. The Acyclovir eye ointment may cause side effects such as increased sensitivity to light, stinging and blurred vision. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Acyclovir
- Can I use Acyclovir along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Acyclovir?
- What is the dosage of Acyclovir to be used?
- How should I use Acyclovir?
- How will Acyclovir work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Acyclovir be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Acyclovir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.