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Acyclovir (Overview)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.


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What is acyclovir best used for?

What is acyclovir best used for?

HSV: The drug is active against some herpes viruses with the best activity against herpes simplex. Some strains are resistance though. ...Read more

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Acyclovir (Overview)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.


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Please describe the medication: acyclovir?

For herpes: Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection. ...Read more

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Why did I get prescribe acyclovir for gout?

Don ' t know: Acyclovir is an antiviral medication. Are you certain the doctor told you it was for gout? ...Read more

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Is it ok if I will not use acyclovir cream if I am already using oral acyclovir to treat chickenpox?

Is it ok if I will not use acyclovir cream if I am already using oral acyclovir to treat chickenpox?

Yes: Acyclovir cream is not very effective to begin with, and if you're already taking oral acyclovir, it's completely unnecessary. ...Read more

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How effective is acyclovir at treating hpv? Dr. Prescribed this to me. I know its usually for herpes.

How effective is acyclovir at treating hpv? Dr. Prescribed this to me. I know its usually for herpes.

Doubtful: Can find no controlled studies showing effectiveness of Acyclovir in treating hpv. Since many warts resolve with almost anything there have been claims that Acyclovir would be effective, but scientific evidence for this is lacking. ...Read more

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How fast does acyclovir work?

On what?: Usually the effect is quite rapid, but this antiviral drug used against herpes simplex most commonly, will not have the lesions go away immediately since the tissues have already been damaged and this will not resolve simply because the virus has been controlled. ...Read more

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Is acyclovir safe for a 2 year old?

It can be: Acyclovir given orally can be safe for a 2 year old who is otherwise well and has normal kidney function. The medication should be dosed based on the child's weight. It is important to drink lots of water while taking this medication. Be sure to let your doctor know if your child is taking any other medications to be sure there is no adverse interaction. ...Read more

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Side effects from acyclovir (serious people only please)?

Seriously: Minor effects include changes in vision, headache, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea/vomiting, increased sensitivity to sun. Allergic reactions, agitation, aggressive behavior, decreased consciousness, fever, hallucinations, urinary problems, seizures, fatigue, and other reactions have all been reported. ...Read more

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How can it take acyclovir 400mg to get out of your system?

Half life: Is 3 hours. Meaning that after three hours will will have 200mg remaining in you system, after a dose age of 400mg. So for subtherapeutic levels 1-2 half lives or 3-6 hours. To get out of you system completely 7-8 half lives or 21 to24 hours. ...Read more

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I have hsv2 all over my body and am taking acyclovir, how long does it take to go away and can it reoccur? If so what should I do?

I have hsv2 all over my body and am taking acyclovir, how long does it take to go away and can it reoccur? If so what should I do?

HSV: Very very unusual to have lesions all over your body if they are really due to hsv. Are you sure this is not varicella (chickenpox)? You might want to have a doctor examine this (dermatologist preferably), since this is a strange story. ...Read more

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I am 75 who just resrntly got shingles. I have been taking zovirax and acyclovir for 3weeks. Are there any complications or any side effects for being on this medication longer then it was prescribed.? Blisters now went away, buti have a very s

I am 75 who just resrntly got shingles. I have been taking zovirax and acyclovir for 3weeks. Are there any complications or any side effects for being on this medication longer then it was prescribed.? Blisters now went away, buti have a very s

No: No side effects, but waste of money. No benefit from more than 1 week unless you have impaired immunity from a serious condition. Zovirax (acyclovir) and Acyclovir are 2 names for the same med. The cream is useless. The pill may help if started on the first or second day at 800 mg 5x a day for 7 days. Doxepin cream will relieve the pain. ...Read more

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Which of these Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir and famvir pill doesn't block my dilantin?

Which of these Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir and famvir pill doesn't block my dilantin?

See below.: Both Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Acyclovir will interact with dilantin, lowering its' effectiveness. Dilantin does not interact wih famvir. You could consider switching anti-epileptic agents if the former agents are less expensive and equally effective. ...Read more

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal? The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

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Bell's palsy: Prednisone is more likely to give you insomnia than make you drowsy (http://www. Drugs. Com/prednisone. Html). Acyclovir may be associated w/unusual tiredness or weakness (http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/acyclovir-side-effects. Html). It's up to you to decide whether medications' side effects are worth benefit. ...Read more

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Please advise! How much acyclovir is safe for a 2 year old?

Dosing: Is 200 mg 5x a day.
Acycolvir is safe and well tolerated. ...Read more

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