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An antiviral medication indicated in herpes simplex (a virus causing various abnormalities such as genital sores and inflammation), and varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles).

Side effects associated with this includes rash, hallucinations, somnolence (strong desire to sleep), photosensitivity (sun-sensitivity), convulsions. Some rare side effects may appear like transient increase in liver enzymes, blood urea & creatinine; acute renal (kidney) failure, hepatitis (liver infection) & jaundice.

It is contraindicated in case of dehydration & decreased kidney function. Also allergies may occur when used with penciclovir analogues & acyclovir analogues.

  1. WHAT MEDICINES YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE WITH ACYCLOVIR?

The medicines that may interact with acyclovir include:

  • Amphotericin, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, diclofenac or naproxen; other antivirals like valacyclovir, probenecid, gentamicin, HIV medications like tenofovir & zidovudine.
  1. CAN ACYCLOVIR BE TAKEN WITH FOOD?

Tablets, capsules & suspensions should be taken two to five times a day for 5-10 days with or without food.

  1. IS ACYCLOVIR HELPFUL IN SPEEDING UP THE HEALING?

It does speed up healing of the sores & lessens symptoms (such as pain, burning, itching and tingling). It belongs to the class of antivirals which works by preventing the growth of the virus. Acyclovir cannot cure herpes & also cannot prevent from passing of the infection from one person to another.

  1. CAN ACYCLOVIR BE HARD ON THE KIDNEYS?

An unfortunate complication of acyclovir therapy secondary to crystal-induced nephropathy is acute kidney injury. It develops within 24-48 hours of acyclovir administration indicated by increase in serum creatinine level.

  1. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE ACYCLOVIR EVERYDAY?

It is said to be safe in persons who used it continuously on a daily basis for as long as 10 years.

  • To be taken with or without meal. If taken with meal prevents the chances of GI disturbances.
  • It is advised to contact the prescriber in case of muscle pain, fever, acute headache, difficulty urinating, concentrated urine, constant lethargy or in severe nausea & vomiting.
  • The therapy courses to be fulfilled even if one starts feeling better.
  • Advised to not perform sexual intercourse if visible lesions are present
  • Maintain hydration (2-3 liters/day), unless restricted from the prescriber.
Acyclovir is an antiviral medicine and helps in the treatment of herpes, chickenpox, and shingles.
It prevents the multiplication of viruses in human cells and therefore helps in clearing the infection.
It may be taken with or without food, dissolved in water, and at the exact time as prescribed.
You are advised to drink plenty of water while on treatment with this medicine, as it will prevent possible dehydration and kidney damage.
It does not cure infections caused by these viruses but helps to minimize the symptoms and shorten the duration of infection.
No, it does not.
Older adults (over age 65 years) tend to experience more side effects, therefore such patients should be given a lower dose and should be monitored regularly for the vitals.
There is no evidene of risk in humans. However, pregnant females should take their doctor's consent before using this medicine. 
Caution is advised or effect is undetermined with this medicine. Lactating mothers are advised to take their doctr's advice before beginning this drug.
It is to be used with special caution in renal impairment, maintain hydration, & elderly patients.

Disclaimer

Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.

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