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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does acyclovir have any other uses beside treating herpes?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Yes: Although 10x more effective against herpes simplex, it can also be used for the varicella-zoster virus, and is much less active against cytomegalovirus. It can, therefore, be theoretically used in those situations, but not generally recommended.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can acyclovir have any other use besides treating herpes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Yes: Although 10x more effective against herpes simplex, it can also be used for the varicella-zoster virus, and is much less active against cytomegalovirus. It can, therefore, be theoretically used in those situations, but not generally recommended.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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