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Can acyclovir have any other use besides treating herpes?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 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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Does acyclovir have any other uses beside treating herpes?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 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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