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Acyclovir topical

 
  Generic Name: Acyclovir topical (a SY klo veer)
 
  Brand Names: Zovirax Topical  
     
   
 

What is acyclovir topical?

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Acyclovir topical is used to treat cold sores and genital herpes.

Acyclovir topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about acyclovir topical?

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.

Treatment with acyclovir topical should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters).

Wear a glove or a finger cot or use a cotton swab when applying acyclovir topical to avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and to other people.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes.

Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir topical. Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection to others.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using acyclovir topical?

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to acyclovir or polyethylene glycol (such as Colyte, GlycoLax, CoLytely, MiraLax).

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Herpes virus can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. If you have genital herpes, it is very important to prevent herpes lesions during your pregnancy so that you do not have a genital lesion when your baby is born. It is not known whether acyclovir topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use acyclovir topical?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Treatment with acyclovir topical should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters).

Wear a glove or a finger cot or use a cotton swab when applying acyclovir topical to avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and to other people.

Apply enough acyclovir topical to cover the lesion(s) completely. This medication may be applied every 3 hours up to 6 times daily. Acyclovir topical is usually used for 7 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.

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.

Store acyclovir topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of acyclovir topical applied to the skin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while using acyclovir topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir. Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection to others.

Acyclovir will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Acyclovir topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as itching, swelling, or pain where the medicine is applied.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Acyclovir topical Dosing Information

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis:

Apply cream to the affected area 5 times a day for 4 days. Therapy should be started during the prodromal phase or at the onset of symptoms.

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex:

Apply ointment to affected area every 3 hours while awake (6 times a day) for 7 days.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis:

<12 years: Safety and efficacy have not been established.
>12 years: Apply cream to the affected area 5 times a day for 4 days. Therapy should be started within during the prodromal phase or at the onset of symptoms.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex:

1 month to 18 years: Apply ointment to affected area every 3 hours while awake (6 times a day) for 7 days.

What other drugs will affect acyclovir topical?

There may be other drugs that can affect acyclovir topical. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has information about acyclovir topical written for health professionals that you may read.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
  • Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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