Other names used:
Acyclovir is a anti viral preparation, synthetic analogue of acyclic purine nucleotide that possesses a highly selective action on Herpes viruses. Acyclovir exerts antiviral action due to the ability to fit into viral DNA and subsequent DNA blocks via inhibiting viral DNA- polymerase. Acyclovir is effective against Herpes Simplex type 1 and 2, Varicella zoster. In high concentration Acyclovir acts on Epstein-Barr virus.
Acyclovir is indicated in the following conditions:
Complex treatment in patents with immunodeficiency (HIV, bone marrow transplantation)
Contraindications and Cautions:
Contraindications and cautions: Acyclovir should not be used if any of the following conditions apply to you:
There are possible side-effects related to this medication that can affect patients in different ways. If a side effect is stated here, that does not necessarily mean the fact that all people using Acyclovir will experience it or any other.
CNS: Headache, vertigo, depression, tremors, encephalopathic changes
Skin : Inflammation or phlebitis at injection sites, rash, hair loss
Gastrointestinal system: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia
Urogenital system: Crystalluria with rapid IV administration, hematuria
Acyclovir side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with Acyclovir, please read the information provided with Acyclovir or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Necessarily inform your health care provider what drugs you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal preparations, before you begin treatment with Acyclovir. Similarly, check with your health care provider before taking any new drugs while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
Acyclovir may interact with the following medicines:
Phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek) or fosphenytoin (Cerebyx)
Probenecid (Benuryl, Benemid, ColBenemid)
DO NOT SHARE Acyclovir with others. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS PRODUCT, as well as syringes and needles, if needed during treatment, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials.