What are Acyclovir pills?
Acyclovir pills contain 400mg of the active component with the same title – here comes a drug from the group of antimetabolites. Drugs with such peculiar mode of action inhibit the metabolism of the cells and thus prevent the virus from multiplying. Acyclovir is only active in infected cells and does not affect the metabolism of healthy cells.
When can you apply generic Acyclovir safely?
Acyclovir is used to treat acute outbreaks as well as for the suppression of frequent relapses. The herpes virus can remain permanently in the body and so always lead to unpleasant symptoms.
In contrast to a bacterial infection are viruses such as herpes less easy to control. During an infection with bacteria by antibiotics can be permanently cured, viruses are extremely durable and adaptable. A carrier of the herpes virus often experiences no symptoms, so the virus can spread quickly from person to person.
How to treat herpes relapses with
When it comes to herpes relapses, this is usually because the patient's immune system is weakened and therefore the virus can’t adequately fight. If you suffer from recurring bouts, you should pay attention to a healthy lifestyle. A varied diet with plenty of vitamins, regular exercise and enough sleep can strengthen the immune system. Much stress, however weakens the immune system and promotes relapses.
If it comes in 12 months more often than 6 times to outbreaks, a permanent, preventive therapy is recommended. Although be particularly strong and unpleasant herpes outbreaks can be preventively treated with acyclovir.
Depending on whether there is currently an outbreak or recurrence is to be prevented, the drug is used in different duration and dosage.
How to take Acyclovir pills properly?
The pills should be swallowed completely, with plenty of water. It may be taken after a meal. If you suffer from kidney dysfunction, keep in mind there are special regulations on the use of Acyclovir.
Whether the administration of acyclovir is displayed, the severity of kidney disease must be decided in the light. People suffering from a renal function, must pay particular attention to an abundant fluid intake during treatment. The attending physician will adjust the dose of Acyclovir pills depending on the disease, in renal patients because a smaller amount of active ingredient sufficient for suppression of herpes.
Can Acyclovir be taken during pregnancy and lactation?
In a herpes outbreak during pregnancy, you must consult a physician for advice who will carefully weigh the risks with the benefits. During lactation Acyclovir should not be taken as proven it is excreted in breast milk and is absorbed by the infant.
How should elderly people use Acyclovir?
Basically Acyclovir should be used by elderly patients with the same instructions as for young. However, since the probability for kidney disease increases with age, a study of renal function may be necessary before acyclovir is prescribed. If renal dysfunction is present, a lower dose of the drug is prescribed.
What are benefits of Acyclovir comparing to similar agents:
• a simpler, compliance-promoting regime;
• better bioavailability after oral administration;
• a faster onset of pain relief;
• a reduction in post-therapeutic neuralgia.
Do not use Aciclovir if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Aciclovir;
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding;
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement;
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances;
if you have kidney problems or a weakened immune system.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Aciclovir Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have kidney problems or a weakened immune system
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Aciclovir Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, cyclosporine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin) because the risk of kidney side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the kidney