Acivir 800 DT (Acyclovir)
What is Uses for Acivir 800 DT (Acyclovir)?
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug that is used to treat herpes infections of the skin, lip, and genitals, herpes zoster. It is also used for treating recurrent herpes simplex infections and to prevent herpes simplex infections in people prone to infections due to a weak immune system (immunocompromised). Acyclovir can also be used to treat chickenpox (also viral infections).
How Acivir 800 DT (Acyclovir) works?
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug and belongs to the class called synthetic nucleoside analogs. It works by blocking the process by which the virus grows and multiplies. Acyclovir thus stops the virus from spreading in the body.
How should I take Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)?
Take acyclovir exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely treated. Acyclovir will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold. Drink plenty of water while you are taking acyclovir to keep your kidneys working properly. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Treatment with acyclovir should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters). Lesions caused by herpes viruses should be kept as clean and dry as possible. Wearing loose clothing may help to prevent irritation of the lesions.
Missed dose of Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)
If you forgot/miss taking your dose of Acyclovir in time, take it as soon as you remember. But do not take it if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Take your usual dose the next day at the same regular time.
Overdose of Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)
Acyclovir overdose Symptoms include seizure (convulsions), hallucinations, and urinating less than usual or not at all. If you experience one of them or any unusual symptoms call your doctor immediately.
What should I avoid while taking acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)?
Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir. So Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people, unprotected sex, and Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection to others.
Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT) Side Effects
Some common side effects of Acyclovir are nausea, stomach pain, headache, or dizziness. If these effects persist or worsen, get medical attention right away. Acyclovir may, in rare cases cause a dangerous disorder that affects the blood cells, kidneys,s, and other parts of the body, especially when you have compromised immunity due to HIV, bone marrow transplant, or a kidney transplant. Get immediate medical attention if you have serious side effects such as extreme tiredness, slow/fast or irregular heartbeat, easy bruising or bleeding, new fever, bloody or dark urine, severe stomach or abdominal pain, jaundice, sudden vision changes, loss of consciousness, or seizures. The side effects mentioned above are not the only ones that you may experience or witness due to Acyclovir. If you get any serious side effects due to this medication, contact your doctor right away.
Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT) Dosing Information
dosage Of Acyclovir depends on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor’s advice properly for the best results.
Interaction with other drugs for Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)
Some drugs can interact with Acyclovir. For example Probenecid. If you are already taking Probenecid, you may not be able to take Acyclovir or may need special dose adjustments. There may be other medicines as well which can interact with Acyclovir. Inform your doctor about all other medicines which you may be using. Never start a new medication without consulting your doctor first.
How Storage for Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)?
Store at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture, kids, and pets. Do not use after the expiration term.
What is Disclaimer for Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)?
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What is EXPERT ADVICE for Acyclovir (Acivir 800 DT)?
Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated while taking acyclovir.
If you have genital herpes it can spread through sexual contact even if you don’t have blisters or other symptoms and possibly even if you are taking acyclovir. Take your doctor’s advice on necessary precautions
- Do not drive or operate machines if you feel drowsy after taking acyclovir
- Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you are breastfeeding
- Take acyclovir as directed by your doctor during pregnancy to prevent genital herpes blisters. The infection may be passed on to the baby during childbirth if you develop genital blisters.
Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you have,
- Kidney problems
- Weak immune system (immunocompromised)
- Breathing difficulties
- Nervous disorder
- Abnormal levels of salts (electrolytes) in blood
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