About Acivir: Acivir (Acyclovir) is an antiviral medicine which is prescribed to patients suffering from herpes. The medicine can also be used to treat other conditions including chickenpox, genital herpes, and shingles. This medicine which is classified as a nucleoside analogue is not a cure for the herpes virus but rather helps alleviates the conditions related to the virus. It stops the herpes virus from replicating its virus in the body, and this helps prevent its spread and allows the body’s immune system to deal with the virus. Acivir basically works through inhibiting the DNA polymerase of herpes which effectively stops its spread.
How to use Acivir
This medicine is available as tablets that are to be administered orally. Your physician will provide you with the instructions you need before starting to take this medicine. You can also read the instructions leaflet that comes with the tablets and if there is a part not clear, consult your physician. Take this medicine with or without food or how your physician instructs you. To remember your doses, it is encouraged to take your doses at particular hours within the day. If you miss 2 or more doses, consult your physician before resuming with the medicine.
Acivir (Acyclovir) should only be used by patients who have been prescribed to use this medicine. An individual should not use a prescription for another individual as all prescriptions are unique. The dosage is normally arrived at by your physician by considering the condition being treated and its severity, the present health conditions of the patient, their medical history and whether or not they are using other medicines. The medicine is available in three different strength tablets’ the 200mg, 400mg, and 800mg. When prescribing the medicine to you, your doctor will advise which of these three options to use. A typical dosage for an adult suffering from herpes zoster symptoms includes a daily dose of 800mg for 7-10 continuous days. Divide the dose five times for each day and take them at intervals of 4 hours. Your physician may decide to alter your dosage depending on your response to the treatment. You are required to comply with the instructions provided by your physician.
Acivir Side Effects
When using acivir, it is possible to experience some side effects. Ask your physician for comprehensive details about the side effects you are most likely to experience during your treatment. These listed here are just but a few examples of common side effects most patients have reported having experienced. They include; headaches, sleepiness, vertigo, lack of appetite, vomiting and passing of loose stools. In rare cases, more severe side effects may be reported, and these include; abnormal bleeding, experienced problems when passing urine, bruises and other side effects that may not be listed here. Contact your physician immediately you notice signs of persistence or worsening of the common side effects. Seek medical attention as soon as you experience the occurrence of severe effects during your treatment.
For effectiveness of this medicine, it is recommended that patients start their medication as soon as they notice any symptoms of the condition. Take necessary precautions when using this medicine to control the spread of herpes. Acivir does not prevent the transmission of the virus. If you are using other medications, are trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of medical conditions, disorders or chronic diseases, discuss with your doctor about the risks of using this medicine.