A member asked:

Can i still take acyclovir 200 mg 1 wk after 1st chickenpox rash appeared. doc says taking acyclovir at this stage will make me less infectious.

3 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Is diagnosis correct: At age 27 this infection is usually serious. If diagnosis is correct you should have started 1 week ago at 800 mg 5x a day for a week. Valacyclovir 1000mg 3x a day is more effective. Yes, it will make you less contageous.

Answered 12/15/2013


Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Yes you can: This is the only prophylaxis that exist. A vaccine to prevent hz is now available and strongly suggested for individuals over 60, your age is 27 and that's ok too.

Answered 12/15/2013


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

I don't accept it: You are contagious for 7 days from the first spot or until the last spot dries, whichever is latest. I would never rely on such a low dose of acyclovir to eliminate your potential to pass the germ. If your spots have dried out, you don't need anything to resume your public activities.

Answered 11/6/2017



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