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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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Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use zovirax cream? Have an important meeting.

Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use zovirax cream? Have an important meeting.

Yes: You can take these and attend the meeting No one will know except if you have lesions on an exposed place like your face. In that case you will have to decide if you want the infection known, as people are likely to ask. ...Read more

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Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes ? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir) ?

Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes ? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir) ?

Similar: Both are anti-viral medications made by different companies. For the most part, they work equally well. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is advantageous in that you need to take it less often. ...Read more

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more convenient, because it doesn't have to be taken as frequently. My favorite way to treat cold sores is to have the patient take 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the very first sign of an outbreak, and then 2 grams 12 hours later. That two-dose course will shorten the duration of infection. ...Read more

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Which is better Valtrex (valacyclovir) and or zovirax for cold sores?

Both work well!: Everyone responds differently to different anti-viral medications! i usually start by prescribing zovirax (acyclovir) and see how a person responds! i often have the patient take 5 capsules a day and also have them apply the ointment to the lesion topically! if that doesn't help, we'll try valtrex! ...Read more

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1st dose Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores. Dizzy with funny vision. I do have MS ... Could it be my MS or the valtrex (valacyclovir). Should i stick to zovirax instead?

1st dose Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores. Dizzy with funny vision. I do have MS ... Could it be my MS or the valtrex (valacyclovir). Should i stick to zovirax instead?

VIRAL INFECTIONS: Viruses can promote worsening of ms, even a full blown relapse. Sounds like you recently had labor and delivery, and pregnancy is protective, but breastfeeding is not so protective, and you may indeed have an emerging relapse or progressive symptoms. The long and short here is the need to see a neurologist and restart a potent disease modifying drug. Do not worry about which viral drug is used. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take zovirax ointment and valacyclovir pills together and if so would that treat an outbreak faster?

Is it ok to take zovirax ointment and valacyclovir pills together and if so would that treat an outbreak faster?

Yes and No: It is ok to take them at the same time. The zovirax ointment will not add anything to the Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment. ...Read more

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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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Can I take both Valtrex (valacyclovir) and acyclovir within six hours ?

Can I take both Valtrex (valacyclovir) and acyclovir within six hours ?

Why both?: Usually, you use either Valtrex (valacyclovir) once or twice daily or acyclovir more often , not both . ...Read more

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I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily for ghsv1and apply acyclovir a couple times a week. I don't have any outbreaks but sex is painful for me and I get sore. Advice?

I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily for ghsv1and apply acyclovir a couple times a week. I don't have any outbreaks but sex is painful for me and I get sore. Advice?

Painful sex: If you do not have outbreaks of Herpes your discomfort during sex is not likely to be associated with this virus. You need to be evaluated by your gynecologist for other potential sources. ...Read more

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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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I am experiencing an allergic and severe reaction to acyclovir and Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles treatment. How do I treat this at home?

I am experiencing an allergic and severe reaction to acyclovir and Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles treatment.  How do I treat this at home?

See a dermatologist: It makes no sense to use both Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Acyclovir at the same time. Allergic reaction to either of these is extremely unlikely. See a skin specialist immediatly . The correct diagnosis may be something else. ...Read more

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I've been having cold sores for about 2 months and been taking acyclovir and then Valtrex (valacyclovir) should I see an infectious disease doctor?

I've been having cold sores for about 2 months and been taking acyclovir and then Valtrex (valacyclovir) should I see an infectious disease doctor?

Yes: A cold sore should heal in 7-14 days, especially if you are taking anti- viral drugs. Repeated continual episodes require a complete work up, including bloodwork.
Lets figure out what's happening w your immune system! ...Read more

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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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Can i take acyclovir (800 mg) and valacyclovir (1 mg) at the same time?

Acyclovir: Orally, Acyclovir is usually taken every four hours, with dosages of 200 mg to 800 mg. The longer duration of action for valacyclovir means that it is only taken every eight hours, with a 1, 000 mg dosage each time. The active portion of these agents is the same, the differences are in rate of absorption and duration of efficacy. ...Read more

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Which is best for herpes: acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

Which is best for herpes:  acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

All can work: All can work. Some experts feel the newer agents and especially valcyclovir are better, but each can help. The choice depends on several factors - how often someone wants to or can take the med, for example. The main issue is usually cost and whether one or the other is covered by insurance. If not coverage, Acyclovir is much cheaper. ...Read more

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What's the best antiviral for HSV of these three: acyclovir, famciclovir or valacyclovir? And why? How to know which type of HSV a person has? Help!

Timing: These are all effective treatments and prophylactic medications for hsv. They differ in the frequency in which you need to take them and how long and how much they cost. You can have cultures or blood testing to determine what type(s) of hsv you have. ...Read more

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My Ob gyn gave me valacyclovir for 5 days every 12 hours. I'm 7 weeks pregnant . I read it's safe to take acyclovir..is Valacyclovir safe for my baby?

My Ob gyn gave me  valacyclovir for 5 days every 12 hours. I'm 7 weeks pregnant . I read it's safe to take acyclovir..is Valacyclovir safe for my baby?

Should be safe: Valacyclovir is converted to acyclovir as it is absorbed through the intestine, giving higher levels of acyclovir in the blood than acyclovir itself. Your baby will be exposed only to acyclovir, just as if you had taken that drug. So even though valacyclovir hasn't actually been studied in pregnant women, almost certainly it is entirely safe. So no worries! Best wishes for a safe delivery! ...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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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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Dr. What better zovirax or denavir (penciclovir)?

Oral medication best: the best way to treat herpes of the genital of lips is to take a pill. Options are Acyclovir, famcyclovir or valcyclovir. They work better than any 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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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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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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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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Valacyclovir (Definition)

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


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Zovirax (Definition)

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