Chemical Name: ACYCLOVIR (ay-SYE-kloe-veer)
Acyclovir is an antiviral used to treat shingles, chickenpox, or genital herpes. Acyclovir may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including kidney problems, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Acyclovir provided by your doctor. TAKE Acyclovir with food or milk if it upsets your stomach. DRINKING EXTRA FLUIDS while you are taking Acyclovir is recommended. Check with your doctor or nurse for instructions. STORE Acyclovir at room temperature, away from light and moisture. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking Acyclovir for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Acyclovir, take Acyclovir as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Acyclovir if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in Acyclovir. IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE WITHIN A FEW DAYS or if they become worse, check with your doctor. IF YOU ARE USING Acyclovir FOR GENITAL HERPES, begin using it as soon as you notice symptoms (pain, burning, blisters) of an infection. Use a condom during sexual intercourse. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING Acyclovir IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the effects of Acyclovir. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Acyclovir during pregnancy. If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using Acyclovir during pregnancy. Acyclovir IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Acyclovir, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Acyclovir include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience mood or mental changes, blood in the urine, weakness or fatigue, or unusual bruising or bleeding. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience seizures. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT SHARE Acyclovir with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Acyclovir for other health conditions. KEEP Acyclovir out of the reach of children. IF USING Acyclovir FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.