Acyclovir drug is used to treat herpes infections of the skin, mouth, mucous membranes, genital herpes, herpes zoster (shingles), and varicella in some individuals. This drug does not cure herpes, but relieves pain and can make faster infection clear.
Begin taking acyclovir drug as soon as symptoms appear. Take this medication as prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Try to take the drug to evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night. This will ensure a steady blood level of medication and is more effective.
Acyclovir drug can cause stomach upset, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness or weakness. These effects should disappear in a few days, as your body adjusts to the drug. If they persist or become worse, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, leg pain, sore throat, rash, changes in the amount of urine. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. The symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, respiratory problems. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In case of acyclovir overdose is suspected, contact the local control center poison or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include sluggishness, change in amount of urine, loss of consciousness or seizures.
Acyclovir medicine should be used with caution during pregnancy only if absolutely necessary. It is not known whether this drug appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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