Acyclovir is a medication used to treat viruses. Specifically, it is an antiviral drug. It is used to particularly stop the growth and the spread of the herpes simplex virus. By slowing the virus in this way, the medication is able to help the body to attack the virus and be more successful in overcoming the virus. Acyclovir cannot cure herpes, but it can reduce the symptoms of the infection significantly.
Specifically, Acyclovir is in use to treat infections that are a cause of the herpes simplex virus. This may include genital herpes, cold sores, chicken pox and even shingles. If your doctor recommends that you take this medication for another viral infection, do so. It may help a variety of viruses in this way.
Several things you will need to know about Acyclovir before you start to take it. First off, it is a prescription drug. You will need to speak with your doctor and receive a prescription for this medication in order to begin taking it. Second, in order for the medication to be effective, you will need to take it the entire length of the time your doctor prescribes it for. In some people, the infection may improve considerably once you start taking the medication. However, it may come back if you do not continue taking the medication as your doctor has prescribed it. Your infection may get better sooner, but continue the medication.
In most situations, Acyclovir needs to be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of the symptoms. Early warning signs of an onset of the herpes simplex virus outbreak include tingling, burning, or the formation of blisters. Once the medication starts, these symptoms may lessen considerably.
Although you are taking a medication that can be helpful at treating herpes, it is important to note that Acyclovir does not stop the transmission of herpes simplex virus from one person to the other, even while you are on treatment. The only way to protect others from getting herpes from you is o ensure that infected areas are not exposed to other people who you are involved with. You should also avoid touching your eyes or other parts of your skin after touching an active outbreak. Keep your hands washed as much as possible to prevent passing the herpes virus on to other people.
Your doctor will determine the proper dosing and method of taking Acyclovir. You should not take more than recommended. Oral suspension liquid form is one option for dosing. It is important to get the dosing right to ensure that your body has the right tools for fighting off the infection. There are potential side effects attributed to taking Acyclovir including pain in the lower back, difficulty urinating, easy bruising and unusual weakness. Talk to your doctor about any of these symptoms if you have them.