Aciclovir is an antiviral agent that treats the presence of viral infections in the body.
Aciclovir is a medication that is administered to reduce the symptoms associated with certain viral infections. In particular, Aciclovir treats the diseases that are related to the herpes virus. It treats different conditions in both children as well as adults. In young kids, the ailments that are targeted are cold sores and chicken pox. Cold sores cause wounds to appear around the mouth and are caused by herpes simplex. Chicken pox is the result of the varicella zoster virus, another kind of the herpes virus. The herpes virus causes cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles.
Aciclovir cannot cure the herpes virus. It can only inhibit the growth and extent of the virus. Aciclovir can reduce the appearance of the virus in affected individuals. It can also shorten the episodes of when the disease does flare up.
Aciclovir can also reduce the severity of each of the cases.
The virus can still be spread from person to person when you are using Aciclovir. The antiviral medication cannot prevent how contagious you may be.
Aciclovir is to be consumed only in the doses that has been advised by a physician. If you ignore the instructions that have been provided, you may experience unpleasant issues.
Aciclovir should be taken by mouth.
As a remedy for chicken pox, the dose should not exceed 20mg per kilogram of body weight. This dose of Aciclovir should be taken four times a day, for a duration of five days.
To diminish the effects of cold sores, you should take 800mg of Aciclovir every 4 hours. The treatment should continue between 7 and 10 days.
For genital herpes, the dosage is 200mg taken every 4 hours. This should be continue for a period of 10 days.
These doses should be significantly reduced for individuals who are suffering from kidney damage or malfunctioning kidneys.
Aciclovir can sometimes cause adverse effects when taken at first. These symptoms may include:
Discomfort in the abdominal region
Reduction in urination
Decrease in output of urine
Feeling usually thirsty
Decrease in appetite
Confer with a physician if you notice the continued presence of these issues.
There is a very low probability of Aciclovir harming an unborn baby. You should discuss your options with your physician if you are uncertain how the antiviral drug will affect your child.
Aciclovir can be transmitted through breast milk, so you should not take Aciclovir if you are breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.
You should refrain from taking Aciclovir if you have previously had an allergic reaction to acyclovir or valacyclovir.
Tell a physician if you have been diagnosed with any kidney-related ailments or if you have a condition that can diminish your immune system.
For Aciclovir to be most effective, the course of antiviral drugs needs to start as soon as the symptoms appear.
Aciclovir cannot be used to treat the common flu or other virus-induced medical conditions.