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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are acyclovir (zovirax) side effects?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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