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About Aciclovir Tablets

Aciclovir/Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an antiviral tablet, which is used to prevent or treat infections from the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It cannot completely cure herpes but will stop the growth of the virus and suppress the symptoms. Aciclovir can also be used as a means to prevent recurrent outbreaks. It is one of the most popular treatments in the UK for genital herpes.

If you begin to take Aciclovir as soon as symptoms appear, the outbreak will often disappear within one to two days. Recurrent outbreaks are usually preceded by a tingling or itching sensation. If you take Aciclovir as soon as you notice these signs, blisters may not occur at all. Aciclovir targets the enzyme that is necessary for the HSV to replicate and grow. By stopping further production of this enzyme, the virus cannot reproduce and create more blisters. This allows the immune system to fight the remaining virus and end the outbreak.

After taking Aciclovir, you should wait until the affected area has healed before resuming sexual activity.

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What is Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is an antiviral medication used for the symptomatic relief of pain and swelling. It increases the healing rate of blisters, scabs or sores in patients suffering from a viral infection such as varicella or chickenpox, herpes zoster or shingles, and first-time or repeat outbreaks of genital herpes. It is used to prevent a second outbreak of genital herpes in patients who have been initially infected by the virus.

Aciclovir belongs to a class of antiviral medication known as synthetic nucleoside analogues. This medication blocks the replication of viruses within the body, thereby decreasing the viral load leading to a decrease in the severity of symptoms and modulation of the immune system that can help counter the effects of the viral infection.

How does Aciclovir work?

Aciclovir is an antiviral medication belonging to a class of drugs collectively called synthetic nucleoside analogues. These drugs chemically interact with the viral replication process by competing with and inhibiting the enzymes that are responsible for viral replication. As a result, the virus is unable to replicate, leading to a decrease in the viral load inside the body. It does not interact with the healthy cells of the body and only targets specific viral enzymes. In this way, symptoms of the viral infection can be managed, and long-term treatment for infections in immunocompromised individuals becomes possible.

It must be noted that this medication stops the recurrence of infection by the Herpes Simplex Virus in the body but does not prevent its spread to other people via sexual contact.

What are the benefits of taking Aciclovir?

Aciclovir provides symptomatic relief from viral infections and decreases the viral load in the body by blocking the replication of the virus. In this way, it can

  • Decrease Pain, Swelling and Inflammation During Infection
  • Decrease the Viral Load And Reduce Symptoms of Infection
  • Increase Healing of Sore, Blisters and Scabs
  • Prevent Second Outbreak of Viral Infection
  • Treat Viral Infections in Immunocompromised Patients
  • Prevent Viral Infection in Immunocompromised Patients.

How do I use Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is available in the form of tablets and oral suspension. It may be taken with or without food at doses from twice to five times daily for a period of five to ten days or longer in case of continued therapy. It is recommended to maintain the prescribed dosage, and self-medication is not advised. In case you experience any of the adverse side effects mentioned below, it is advised to contact your healthcare practitioner for advice on the continuation of the therapy. The medication should be taken only for the prescribed period as overdosage may lead to adverse effects and relations. For elderly and pregnant, breastfeeding women, it is advised to measure the risks against the benefits and only take the medication if it is necessary and cannot be avoided.

Aciclovir Dosage

Aciclovir is available as an orally administered tablet or oral suspension in the potency of 200, 400 and 800mg. The dosage must be modulated based on an evaluation of present health condition and previous medical history. For adults, the course of treatment can be between 2 to 5 times intake per day for a period of 5 to 10 days, depending on the severity of symptoms. For long term treatments and prevention of reinfection, the drug may be taken 2 to 5 times per day for a period of up to 12 months.

Side effects & Precautions

Possible Side effects of Aciclovir include:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • agitation
  • pain, especially in the joints
  • hair loss
  • changes in vision

Severe side effects include:

  • rash or blisters
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • fast heartbeat
  • weakness
  • pale skin
  • difficulty sleeping
  • fever, sore throat, chills, cough, and other signs of infection
  • unusual bruising or bleeding
  • blood in the urine
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • increased urination
  • bloody diarrhoea
  • headache
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • aggressive behaviour
  • difficulty speaking
  • numbness, burning or tingling in the arms or legs
  • temporary inability to move parts of your body
  • shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness

If you experience other side effects which you believe are associated with your use of Aciclovir, immediately contact your doctor.

Aciclovir Indications

Aciclovir is indicated for the treatment of virus infections such as the following:

  • Genital Herpes Simplex
  • Neonatal Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Simplex Labialis
  • Shingles
  • Acute Chickenpox in Immunocompromised Patients
  • Herpes Simplex Encephalitis
  • Acute Mucocutaneous HSV Infections in Immunocompromised Patients
  • Herpes of The Eye and Herpes Simplex Blepharitis
  • Prevention of Herpes Viruses in Immunocompromised Patients

Where do I buy Aciclovir online?

You can safely buy Aciclovir online at Pharmacy Planet in the UK. After filling out a simple online form, your prescription will be delivered directly. It is advised to maintain only the prescribed dosage and to continue for specified periods as overdosage may lead to adverse effects.
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