Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus in the body. It will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.
Acyclovir topical (for the skin) is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir topical cream is used to treat cold sores. Acyclovir topical ointment is used to treat genital herpes lesions.
Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, such as genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox.
How should I take acyclovir?
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.
Treatment with acyclovir should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters).
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Acyclovir topical will not cure or prevent herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.
Acyclovir cream is used to treat cold sores. Acyclovir ointment is used to treat genital herpes lesions.
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.
Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir. Acyclovir will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others.
To take the acyclovir buccal tablet (Sitavig):
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take it. Use a dry finger to remove the tablet.
Do not chew or swallow a buccal tablet. Place the flat side of the tablet against your upper gum, behind your lip and above your canine tooth. Place the tablet on the same side of the mouth as your cold sore.
Close your mouth and gently press on the outside of your lip over the tablet, holding it in place for 30 seconds. Avoid touching or pressing on the tablet once it is in place.
Allow the tablet to dissolve in your mouth throughout the day. You may eat and drink normally while the buccal tablet is in place. During the first 6 hours of wearing time: If the tablet falls off or does not stick well, you may replace it with a new tablet. If you accidentally swallow the tablet, drink a glass of water and put a new tablet in place.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients.The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.