Pronunciation: (ay sye' kloe ver)
Trade Name(s): Acivir, Clovirax, Cyclovir, Herperax, Herpex, Hevir, Lovir, Ocuvir, Ridoherp, Virex, Zovirax, Zovirax
Why it is prescribed: Acyclovir is an important advance in antiviral therapy. It is used for the treatment of Genital Herpes Simplex caused by virus. It is also used in the management of H.simplex encephalitis, H.simplex keratitis and chickenpox. It is used only by people with severe herpes infections because of possible adverse effects.
When it is to be taken: Follow the instructions on your prescription carefully. Use this medication as soon as symptoms appear. This ointment is applied locally six times a day for ten days. This is effective only if started early. Late and severe cases should receive oral therapy.
How it should be taken: Acyclovir is available in the form of ointment for
Special Instruction: 1. Contact your doctor if symptoms persist.
2. Keep the infected area clean and dry.
3. Wear loose-fitting clothes to avoid irritation.
Side Effects: Burning and stinging sensation are the topical adverse effects. Headache, nausea, malaise, rashes, sweating and fall in blood pressure are commonly seen.
Other Precautions: 1. Avoid contact with eyes.
2. Do not allow anyone else to use this medication.
Storage Conditions: Keep this medication in a tightly closed container. Store it at room temperature in a dry place.