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I have had herpes since 1997, i get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else.I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

I have had herpes since 1997, i get it on my face and hands, never anywhere else.I am taking 2400mg of acyclivor every day and am still having outbreaks...Will this damage my liver and can I become immune to this medicine? I am 41 yrs old and female.

Sure it's herpes?: That's very high dose daily suppressive rx if immune competent; and high end of dosing if immune incompetent. Maybe it's not herpes. Seen a dermatologist? Or infectious disease doc? Could be dermatitis herpetiformis (look alike rash, often associated with celiac sprue), or other underlying immunological issue. There are other anti herpes meds available as well. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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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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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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Acyclovir for swollen gland?

Acyclovir for swollen gland?

May not be from: A viral etiology. Not all swollen glands are from a viral cause. See your primary care doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Might i take vicodin with acyclovir?

Might i take vicodin with acyclovir?

Generally, yes: If your kidney and liver are well. ...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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How fast does acyclovir work on cold sores?

How fast does acyclovir work on cold sores?

Depends...: ...On the time lag between breakout and start of treatment. After 3 days may not work at all. ...Read more

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Is famciclovir an alternative for acyclovir?

Yes: Same spectrum of activity, but different dose and dosing schedule. ...Read more

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Taking acyclovir and antibiotics, is this okay?

Taking acyclovir and antibiotics, is this okay?

Yes: Concomitant use of Acyclovir and certain antibiotics are ok. Check with a pharmacist for certainty. ...Read more

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What is valacyclovir? Is better then acyclovir?

What is valacyclovir? Is better then acyclovir?

"Prepackaged" drug: Valacyclovir is exactly the same as acyclovir, except there is an additional chemical structure stuck to it, that allows the drug to be easily absorbed in the digestive system. This additional structures is then cleaved off in the liver to acyclovir. In terms of achieving adequate levels of drug in the blood, it's just as good if not better than acyclovir. ...Read more

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Am I supposed to take acyclovir and an antibiotic?

Am I supposed to take acyclovir and an antibiotic?

Depends: One is an antiviral medication and the other is an antibiotic. They work against viruses and bacteria respectively. Depending on the condition you are trying to treat, your doctor will prescribe a specific medication aimed at optimizing your battle against a virus or bacteria. ...Read more

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Iis it possible for acyclovir, to give me a uti, ?

No: There is no evidence to suggest that Acyclovir would cause a uti. ...Read more

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How quickly does acyclovir take effect on shingles?

How quickly does acyclovir take effect on shingles?

Shingles: Acyclovir is usually taken for 10 days for shingles. You should notice improvement in your symptoms within the first 5 days of starting treatment. ...Read more

Acyclovir (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Zovirax (Definition)

Zovirax is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more