Oral acyclovir is commonly consumed in order to overcome the wounds of blisters in the mouth (cold sore), genital herpes, chickenpox, and smallpox (herpes zoster). These drugs can be used to treat infections due to viruses, such as Herpes simplex and Varicella Zoster.
In addition, acyclovir cannot turn off the virus completely from the body. These drugs only serve to reduce the risk of the development and spread of the virus to other body parts, as well as to minimize the possibility of a virus infecting the back in the future.
In addition to treating diseases caused by viruses such as the above, acyclovir also serves to prevent virus infection in people with low body immunity system. From these functions, these drugs can reduce the severity and duration of infection, accelerate wound healing, prevent the formation of new scars, as well as reduce pain or itching due to infection.
Definition of Acyclovir Oral
Forms of drugs:
Tablets and syrup.
Treat viral infections
This drug falls into the risk of category B pregnancy according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Studies in laboratory animals show no risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.
The following references to the FDA's risk categories of pregnancy:
- A = No risk
- B = Not at risk in some studies
- C = May be risky
- D = There is positive evidence of risk
- X = Contraindications
- N = Unknown
Prevention & Warning:
For those of you who have problems with the kidneys or condition that can weaken the immune system (e.g. suffering from HIV/AIDS or recently underwent a kidney transplant) should consult a doctor first.
Inform your doctor if you have allergies or certain materials on the drug.
Inform the doctor before using acyclovir if vaccination or will undergo a medical procedure, including surgery.
Tell the doctor if you're using any other medicines, including medicines, supplements, or
In case of allergic reaction or an overdose, immediately stop the ingestion of acyclovir and meet the doctor.
How to Use Good Acyclovir
Please read the instructions on the packaging of the drug and follow the advice of physicians in taking acyclovir.
To get the treatment that is more effective, it is recommended to not procrastinate time-consuming acyclovir since the early symptoms of the disease arise.
Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform activities that require alertness for using acyclovir, because this medication may cause drowsiness. In addition, avoid hot sun and always wear sunscreen when going to activities outside the home, because the acyclovir can make the skin become more sensitive to sunlight.
Do not share this medication with others even though it has the same symptoms.
Make sure there are enough time and distance between a single dose with subsequent doses. Try to taking acyclovir at the same each day to maximize the effect of the drug.
For patients who forget consuming acyclovir, it is advisable to immediately do so if pause by the next consumption schedule not too close. If it is close, ignore and do not double the dose.
Be sure to spend the prescribed dose even if the condition is improved to prevent the infection from recurring. If the infection does not improve after completing the prescribed dose, see your doctor again.
Be careful when taking acyclovir oral with:
- Probenecid, cimetidine, mycophenolate mofetil; because of the risky increase in blood levels of acyclovir.
- Ciclosporin, tacrolimus, or other drugs that affect the work of the kidneys; because it can increase the toxicity in the kidneys.
Side Effects and Dangers of Acyclovir
- Some side effects may occur after taking acyclovir include:
- Abdominal pain, nausea, or bloating
- Back pain or sciatica
- Change of mood
- Change the amount of urine
- Headaches or dizziness
- Itchy Rash
If you are experiencing prolonged side effects or allergic reactions seriously, soon encountered the doctor.