An antiviral, Aciclovir is used for treating varicella (chickenpox), herpes zoster (shingles) and genital herpes infections. Aciclovir works by not allowing the viral infection to multiply, but it does not kill the virus and does not prevent the virus from being transferred to someone else. Your doctor may prescribe Aciclovir for other viral infections.
It is recommended that Aciclovir is taken orally, with or without food, and as directed by your doctor. Make sure you drink plenty of additional fluids during treatment. As soon as you experience any symptoms of shingles or genital herpes, such as pain, burning or blisters, consult your doctor immediately to start a course of Aciclovir.
For suppressive treatment, ensure that Aciclovir is taken at the same time every day. Always complete the prescribed course for the maximum benefit. If you miss a dose of Aciclovir, take it as soon as you remember, unless this is close to your next scheduled dose. If it is, miss that dose and then return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Aciclovir is to be stored at a temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20-25°C), in its original container, away from heat, light and moisture. It must not be stored in the bathroom. Aciclovir may be stored briefly at temperatures between 59°F and 86°F (15-30°C). The product must be kept out of the reach of children and pets at all times. Any medication that is out of date should be disposed of safely (any pharmacist will be able to advise you on disposal instructions).
If you experience any of the above or following side effects, seek immediate emergency medical treatment and notify your doctor as soon as possible. Possible side effects include:
Do not share Aciclovir with anyone else. It is recommended that you always complete a prescribed course, under your doctor or medical practitioner’s supervision at all times.(c) 2013 Aciclovir