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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


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Been on acyclovir 7 yrs for hsv2-6? - have reflex and if I stop acyclovir get sick - isit withdrawal

Been on acyclovir 7 yrs for hsv2-6? - have reflex and if I stop acyclovir get sick - isit withdrawal

Not sure: Withdrawal symptoms from Acyclovir would be quite unusual. You don't mention how you get sick or what symptoms you have. Fill in the details and ask again. ...Read more

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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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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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What are acyclovir (zovirax) side effects?

Virtually none: When taken orally, Acyclovir is extremely well tolerated. Side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Do I have to give my 8 year old acyclovir?

Depends: There are some reasons to give this med at the age of 8. Your question lacks enough data to form an opinion. ...Read more

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Tell me about zovirax (acyclovir) side effect?

Tell me about zovirax (acyclovir) side effect?

Zovirax (acyclovir): Side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) can include: hallucinations, psychosis, encephalopathy, seizures, coma, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, angioedema, anaphylaxis, erythema multiforme, steven johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, tissue necrosis, hepatitis, renal failure, ttp, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, malaise, dizziness, arthralgia, confusion, photosensitivity, agitation and others. ...Read more

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Which is better: vectavir vs zovirax (acyclovir)?

Pills are best: Vectavir is a brand name for penciclovir, an anti-herpes cream. Zovirax is a brand name for acyclovir, an anti-herpes drug that is available as a pill or a cream. In general, pills are much more effective for herpes than creams. ...Read more

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Zovirax (acyclovir) vs. Vectavir. Which is better?

Cream or oral?: Vectavir (penciclovir) is a cream for herpes. Zovirax (acyclovir) is available both as a cream and pills to be taken by mouth. Neither cream works very well; if herpes treatment is needed, pills are always best. In other words, Vectavir and Zovirax creams are both poor treatments, but Zovirax pills usually are very effective. ...Read more

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Can acyclovir have any other use besides treating herpes?

Can acyclovir have any other use besides treating herpes?

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. ...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 quickly does the acyclovir work for herpes out break?

If started: Within 72 hoursof the onset you should notice the difference withe 3-4 days but take the entire prescribed dose. ...Read more

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Does acyclovir have any other uses beside treating herpes?

Does acyclovir have any other uses beside treating herpes?

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. ...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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Can you transmit herpes if you are taking acyclovir everyday?

Can you transmit herpes if you are taking acyclovir everyday?

Reduces risk: Taking low dose suppressive antivirals significantly reduces the risk of transmission of herpes between outbreaks. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) I should watch for?

Acyclovir: At oral doses for herpes simplex, it is quite well tolerated but the higher oral doses for herpes zoster (shingles) can cause kidney problems if fluid intake is not keep up and this can occur with the intravenous form. High levels of the drug retained with kidney dysfunction can cause CNS problems. ...Read more

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I think I may or may not have herpes. If I take acyclovir, would it affect me negatively?

No: Acyclovir won't affect you negatively, but you should never take an anti-infective without the supervision of your healthcare professional who can evaluate whether the condition you have is or is not herpes. Acyclovir is a very effective anti-viral which will reduce the severity and frequency of herpes breakouts. ...Read more

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If I take acyclovir daily supressents for herpes what is the chance of passing it to my partner?

Less: The degree to which suppression of the virus will limit its transmissibility is not known, but it will certainly be less than if no suppression occurred. ...Read more

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How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to begin preventing shedding after you start taking it?

How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to begin preventing shedding after you start taking it?

Zovirax (acyclovir): The answer to this question is unknown. I wouldn't zovirax (acyclovir) to prevent shedding. Even studies on the newer meds don't establish that "shedding" can be prevented. ...Read more

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Does acyclovir side effects differ depending on dosage. I've been prescribed it before but on lower dosage and had no side effects.

Higher doses OK: Acyclovir (and valacyclovir, closely related) are among the safest of all drugs, with almost no toxicity or side effects. For occasional severe HSV and related infections (e.g. encephalitis, neonatal herpes) they are given is doses more than 10 times higher than the usual oral dose. If your doctor recommends a larger then of acyclovir than previously, you can safely follow that advice. ...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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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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Acyclovir...What is this for.?

A variety of herpes: A variety of herpes viruses including hsv-1 (oral herpes or cold sores), hsv-2 (genital herpes) and varicella zoster (chicken pox or shingles). ...Read more

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What is acyclovir 200 stada for?

What is acyclovir 200 stada for?

Antiviral medication: This is an anti-viral capsule commonly used for local or systemic herpes infections and also for shingles. It is also commonly used as a supportive medication in the immunosuppressed. ...Read more

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How does zovirax (acyclovir) work?

DNA transcription: Zovirax or acyclovir prevents the production of viruses by throwing a wrench into the viruses' machinery for duplication or rather its ability to make new DNA. ...Read more

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How does acyclovir work in the body?

How does acyclovir work in the body?

Anti viral: Acyclovir is an antiviral agent (does not work on bacteria). It works on the dna in the virus itself causing death. It is often used in treating shingles and other viral-type conditions. ...Read more

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Who should not take Zovirax (acyclovir)?

Zovirax (acyclovir): "Zovirax is contraindicated for patients who develop hypersensitivity to acyclovir or valacyclovir." See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/zovirax. Html ...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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What's the price of acyclovir, without any kind of insurance?

You can use: Pharmacy Checker. Com to get an idea of prices at different pharmacies. Https://www. Pharmacychecker. Com/generic/acyclovir-prices ...Read more

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How long does it take for zovirax (acyclovir) to work? Help please

Slowly: Zovirax (acyclovir) will only speed up the healing of a cold sore by a day or two compared to how long it would have taken to heal without zovirax (acyclovir). Healing will take 4-5 days instead of 5-6 days. ...Read more

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