What is Acyclovir
Acyclovir is an antiviral medication that helps to prevent and treat outbreaks of the herpes virus. It is most commonly used to treat herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections, including cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles. Acyclovir is also used to help prevent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections in people who have received organ transplants. It is a type of nucleoside analog antiviral medication.
Benefits of Acyclovir
and Its Uses.
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug that is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox. It is also used to prevent recurrent herpes infections. Acyclovir is available as a tablet, cream, ointment, and syrup.
Acyclovir works by stopping the herpes virus from multiplying. It does this by preventing the virus from forming the protective coating (capsid) that it needs to survive.
Acyclovir is effective in treating herpes infections when it is taken early, before the symptoms develop. It is also effective in preventing recurrent herpes infections when it is taken regularly.
Side Effects and Dosage of Acyclovir
Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an antiviral drug used to treat a variety of infections, including shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes. It is also used to treat cold sores.
Acyclovir is available as a generic drug and as the brand-name drug Zovirax.
The most common side effects of acyclovir include:
Less common side effects include:
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a severe skin reaction)
toxic epidermal necrolysis (a severe skin reaction that can lead to death)
When taken by mouth:
For shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes: the usual dose of acyclovir is 800 mg five times a day for seven to 10