Aciclovir is used to treat viral infections, such as chickenpox, genital herpes, shingles and cold sores. It is also used to prevent the infections in those with a lowered immune system. When taking aciclovir, it is best to drink a lot of water, to avoid dehydration. This is especially important for those who are elderly or have a dose of 4G a day or higher. It is recommended for those with nervous system abnormalities make sure the doctor knows before starting treatment.
There are other medicines which can effect the potency of aciclovir. The ones that need to be closely monitored are those who take:-
Aciclovir can be bought from OxfordPharmacyOnline.
Please make sure any and all sexual partners are also tested.
To read a patient information leaflet click here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.31485.latest.pdf
The manufacturer of the product supplied may vary. Please read the patient information leaflet that is provided with the product.
ONE tablet to be taken TWICE a day
Preventative treatment should be interrupted periodically at intervals of six to twelve months, in order to observe possible changes in the natural history of the disease.
The active substance (the ingredient that makes the tablets work) is aciclovir PhEur. Each tablet contains either 400mg or 800mg of the active substance. 800mg tablets: colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate, E460.