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Doctor insights on: Docosanol Vs Acyclovir

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Is acyclovir cream as useful as docosanol cream for treatment of oral blisters?

Is acyclovir cream as useful as docosanol cream for treatment of oral blisters?

No: Acyclovir is for the treatment of Herpes virus, and it is the treatment of choice of fever blisters (which are a form of herpes, not to be confused with genital herpes) Docosanol, if it has been effective for your blisters, then they are not herpes. But the two drugs are not interchangeable... ...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


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What is the difference between zovirax (acyclovir) and abreva?

One of them works!: To start, Zovirax (acyclovir) works and Abreva (docosanol) doesn't. Acyclovir is proved to be effective against HSV, when taken by mouth. Docosanol slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but research shows no effect on improved symptoms or faster healing. Even acyclovir cream doesn't work well -- much more ffective by mouth -- but it's for sure better than docosanol. ...Read more

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Red spot under lower lip 4 days ago, used Abreva. Acyclovir 800mg prescribed next day. Itch faded.Redspot still here, n still burns w/Abreva. Advice?

Red spot under lower lip 4 days ago, used Abreva. Acyclovir 800mg prescribed next day. Itch faded.Redspot still here, n still burns w/Abreva. Advice?

Viscous lidocaine: I would recommend using viscous lidocaine 4 times a day before meals for the next 3-5 days to help with symptom relief until the spot resolves. ...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

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Acyclovir and famvir, (famciclovir) can I take both?

Acyclovir and famvir, (famciclovir) can I take both?

Pointless: They're almost the same medication, so there would be no point. Take one or the other. ...Read more

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Can someone on acyclovir take in alcoholic beverage?

Can someone on acyclovir take in alcoholic beverage?

Never a good mix: Acyclovir can cause dizziness. Alcohol frequently increases central nervous system adverse effects of other drugs. Alcohol can also interfere with how drugs are metabolized. The level of drug in the blood may increase which leads to more frequent side effects. This is especially a concern with driving or working on dangerous machinery. Another concern is missing doses of acyclovir. Best not! ...Read more

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Is it possible for acyclovir to help oral cold sores?

Confusing question: The "cold sore" that shows up on the outside near the lips can benefit from acyclovir, although other medicines are usually preferred. Oral sores inside the mouth are unrelated to the germ that Acyclovir works on and would not help. ...Read more

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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work better than acyclovir?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work better than acyclovir?

No: It's not more effective, but it's more convenient because you don't have to take it as often. Now that they're both generic, i always use valacyclovir. ...Read more

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Could acyclovir reduce burning and other herpes symptoms?

Acyclovir (Zovirax): Is an antiviral medication that can be used to decrease symptoms from oral or genital herpes simplex, shingles or chickenpox. ...Read more

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Am I supposed to take acyclovir and an antibiotic together?

Am I supposed to take acyclovir and an antibiotic together?

Medications: Acyclovir is an anti-viral. Because of the nature by which it works, it would not affect bacteria. Antibiotics are taken for bacterial infections, and would not affect a virus. Therefore, they do not cause problems when taken together. But, each should be used according to specific indications. You need not take antibiotics just because you are taking acyclovir. ...Read more

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What's the dosage amount for acyclovir pills for cold sores?

Medication dosing: Please speak to your prescribing physician in regards to exact dosing of Acyclovir or any other prescription medication. ...Read more

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Will using acyclovir lessen the effectiveness of my nuva ring?

Acyclovir : The use of Acyclovir has no impact on the use of the Nuvaring. Avoid intercourse if you are having an outbreak of genital herpes , as you may infect your partner. The Nuvaring only prevents pregnancy . It does not protect against the spread of sexually transmitted infections . ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking tab zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes?

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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