Aciclovir is commonly prescribed to treat and prevent a recurring attack of herpes, e.g. cold sores and genital herpes. It can also be used to protect those who suffer from low immune systems from contracting the herpes virus.

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Aciclovir Herpes Treatment

Aciclovir belongs to a group of antiviral medicines. It is commonly prescribed to treat and prevent a recurring attack of herpes, e.g. cold sores and genital herpes. It can also be used to protect those who suffer from low immune systems from contracting the herpes virus. Although it is not possible for a medication to cure the herpes virus, Aciclovir works to slow the growth and spreading of the virus around your body. As a result of this, it will lesson your symptoms of the infection.

Doctors may also prescribe Aciclovir to treat shingles and chicken pox as they are also caused by the herpes virus, varicella zoster.

Different Strengths of Aciclovir:

Depending on how you prefer to administer your medicine and what your ailment is, Aciclovir can be bought as a cream or tablet form. At Medicine Direct we sell the tablet form of Aciclovir in the dosage of 400mg.

Aciclovir 400mg

These tablets are effective in treating the herpes simplex virus, shingles, preventing the recurrence of herpes or shingles and reducing the possibility of patients who suffer with a low immune system contracting the virus.

It can also be used by children to treat Herpes; however, it should not be used to treat shingles.

How do you take Aciclovir 400mg?

It is important to not open the tablet from its packet until you are ready to take it. It is recommended to consume the tablet with plenty of fluids such as water.

Before being prescribed Aciclovir, you must tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines as they may negatively effect each other. A list of medicines this refers to in particular is below:

  • Medication used for gout such as probenecid
  • Stomach acid medicine Cimetidine
  • Drugs prescribed to those following a transplant such as mycophenolate mofetil, ciclosporin and tacrolimus
  • The use of theophylline for the treatment of asthma. 

Should you have ever had an allergic reaction to taking aciclovir or valaciclovir, or any of the other ingredients found in the medicine ingredient list, you should not take Aciclovir 400mg.

Moreover, for your own safety, ensure you tell your doctor if:

  • You suffer from kidney issues
  • You suffer from a nervous disorder
  • You have liver problems or disease, or abnormal levels of salts in your blood
  • You suffer from breathing difficulties

If you have forgotten to take one of your doses of Aciclovir you can take it as soon as you remember. However, if this means you will be taking it at time that is close to your next scheduled dosage, do not take the missed pill. You must not double dose on this medicine. Just skip the dose and continue your course schedule as recommended. If you have any worries concerning a forgotten tablet, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

On occasion of being concerned that you may have taken too much Aciclovir you must contact your doctor or emergency services straight away. Take any remaining tablets with you to your consultation.

The general dosage advice given by doctors is as following. Please note that you doctor may give you more specific instructions for taking Aciclovir which you must follow:

  • Herpes

To use Aciclovir to treat Herpes you will either be instructed to take 200mg Aciclovir five times a day, between four hour intervals, for example at 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm and 11pm. It may have to be a prolonged course past the usual five days if your condition does not improve. Alternatively, you may be advised to take a stronger dose of 400mg.

  • Shingles

A doctor will instruct you to take Aciclovir for 7 days to treat shingles. This will be issued in 800mg dosages, five times a day within four hour intervals. For instance, following the pattern of 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm.

  • To stop these problems recurring

Your medical advisor will advise you to take either 200mg four times a day or 400mg twice day to prevent a return of herpes or shingles.

  • To prevent patients with a low immune system from contracting the virus

Usually, patients suffering from low immunity will be issued 200mg to be taken four times a day.

The dosages and schedule for taking Aciclovir alters for a child.

  • Treat a child with Herpes

Children older than 2 years old will be told to take Aciclovir for 5 days, 5 times a day at the 200mg dosage strength. Children under the age of 2 years old will take a weaker dosage of 100mg 5 times a day, scheduled in 4 hourly intervals.

  • Prevent the recurrence of Herpes

Children older than 2 years old should take 200mg of Aciclovir four times a day or 400mg twice a day. For children under the age of 2 years, they should be given 200mg twice a day.

  • Prevent Children with low immunity from contracting the virus

For Children over 2 years old they will be advised to take a 200mg dose, four times a day. Children under the age of 2 years old, should take 100mg, four times a day.

Please be aware that even if your visible symptoms of herpes or the shingles have gone, you must continue the course prescribed to you by your doctor.

Side effects

All medicines come with a risk of side effects. Below are the potential side effects associated with Aciclovir. If you experience any of the following and you are concerned, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Should your symptoms be more serious, seek emergency medical help.

Common Side Effects

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach discomfort or pains
  • Experiencing dizziness, tiredness or itching
  • Skin rash
  • A fever

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Skin rashes which can cause redness or itching
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty or shortness of breath
  • Nose bleed, susceptibility to bruising more easily
  • Sore throat, high temperature or low temperature and chills, mouth ulcers
  • Fatigue
  • Liver complications
  • Skin or eyes seeming yellowed
  • Kidney problems
  • Pain in lower back
  • Experiencing feelings of dizziness, agitation, shaking, hallucinations, or personality changes which may include troubles concentrating
  • Anaemia

In rare cases patients taking Aciclovir can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat. 

How can I buy Aciclovir tablets online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Aciclovir 400mg online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Aciclovir, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

Are you able to take ibuprofen and Aciclover together?

There are no known side effects to taking Aciclovir and Ibuprofen together so you can use the two medicines at the same time.

If Aciclovir safe to use if you are pregnant?

As there is limited data on the effects of Aciclovir on women who are breastfeeding, pregnant or trying to conceive you must speak to your doctor in order to ask for advice. Generally, they will advise you against using Aciclovir if you are pregnant.

What is Aciclovir used to treat?

Aciclovir is used to treat the conditions caused by the varicella zoster virus which is responsible for herpes and shingles. It can also be used to prevent someone from having a recurrence of the virus, or prevent those who have a weakened immunity from contracting it.

Does Aciclovir get rid of cold sores?

Yes, Aciclovir works to prevent further spreading of the virus behind cold sores around your body and treats your symptoms such as cold sores.

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