Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an antiviral drug. It is used to treat infections caused by some types of herpes virus. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The virus continues to live in the body due to these infections. Acyclovir only reduces the length and severity of these outbreaks. Acyclovir is used to treat mouth ulcers around the mouth, shingles, chickenpox and genital herpes. People, who often suffer from it, take medicines to reduce future events.
It helps in healing wounds faster, prevents the formation of new wounds and reduces pain or itching. This medicine can also help reduce the time for which the pain persists after the ulcer heals. In people with a weakened immune system, Acyclovir may reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infection. Treatment with Acyclovir should be started as soon as the first symptoms present, such as tingling, burning, blisters present themselves. Acyclovir does not harm a newborn baby. But a doctor should be consulted before taking this medicine. Especially if pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Some side effects include nausea, diarrhea, kidney problems, and low platelet count. Greater care is recommended for people with impaired kidney or liver function.
Acyclovir Missing Dose
If you miss a dose of acyclovir drug, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If the time for your next dose is near, skip the missed dose and resume your dosage schedule. Do not take extra medicine for the missed dose. If you forget to take your dose regularly then set an alarm or ask a family member to remind you. If you have recently missed multiple doses, please consult your doctor to discuss changes in time and new periods to make up for missing medications.
Overdosage of Acyclovir
Do not take more than the prescribed dose. Using more medication will not improve your symptoms, rather it can cause poisoning or serious side effects. If you believe that you or anyone else has overdosed of Acyclovir, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Carry a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors find the necessary information. Never give your medicines to other people even if you know that a person’s condition is similar to yours or if it appears that their illness is similar to yours. This may cause an overdose of the drug.
The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Acyclovir. This is not a comprehensive list. These side effects are possible, but not always occur. Some side effects can be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
Anaphylaxis, Angioedema, Fever, Headache, Pain, Peripheral oedema, Diarrhea, Gastrointestinal distress, Nausea, Hypotension. Many people using this medicine do not have side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these have potentially serious side effects such as lightheadedness, drowsiness, signs of excretory organ issues (such as a modification within the quantity of weewee, unusual back/side pain), mental/mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations), shaky/unsteady movement, trouble speaking. Acyclovir may also cause side-effects not listed here. If you notice any of the following side effects, and if they do not end, consult your doctor.
If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypertension or headache as side effects. when using Acyclovir medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. You should not drive if you feel sleepy, dizzy, or if your blood pressure drops drastically after eating the medicine. Pharmacists recommend not drinking alcohol with drugs as alcohol intensifies the side effects of sleep. Keep these effects in mind when using acyclovir. Always consult your doctor to get suggestions according to your body and health conditions.
Before using Acyclovir, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. Vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take it as directed by your doctor or follow the printed directions on inserting the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counselling points are listed below.
- Abnormal renal function
- Adequate hydration is necessary
- Concomitant use of other nephrotoxic drugs
- Pre-existing renal disease
If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Acyclovir may change. This may increase your risk for side effects or cause your medicine to not function properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that your doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Acyclovir may interact with the following drugs and products: