"Acyclovir": pills that defeat herpes
What is Acyclovir? Tablets, powder, cream or solution for injection?
First, it is a powerful antiviral drug,used mainly to combat herpes and other diseases difficult to treat. The medicine is produced both in the form of creams, ointments, and in solutions and in a tablet form. Forming a special viral DNA in the body, suppresses the growth of a new generation of the virus, the drug "Acyclovir". Tablets are partially absorbed from the intestine, and most of the drug is excreted by the kidneys.
How is this medicine used? Usually appointed four tablets a day, the duration of use at least five days. If the diagnosis is "recurrent genital herpes", in this case "Acyclovir" (tablets) is prescribed twice a day for 800 mg.
Therapy should be interrupted for half a year or a year in order to be able to assess the effectiveness of treatment, develop further tactics in the prevention of the disease.
It must be remembered that the components of the drugpenetrate through the placenta to the fetus and are excreted in breast milk, so "Acyclovir" (tablets) during pregnancy and lactating mothers can not be used! Only if the expected effect of treatment significantly exceeds the potential risk for the fetus, it is possible to take this drug with the permission of a qualified specialist. In general, extensive clinical studies on the effects of medication on the body of pregnant women and nursing mothers are not conducted, so here you need to act very carefully.
The medicine "Acyclovir": tablets, instruction (400 mg)
People prone to allergic reactions needbe careful, since after applying the drug on the skin can appear a strong itching rash, which will take place immediately after the drug is discontinued. Extremely rare side effects are nausea, vomiting, intestinal colic, diarrhea, a slight increase in bilirubin in the blood, a concentration of urea or creatinine, migraine and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Since the drug "Acyclovir" (tablets)In the treatment it is necessary to take a sufficient amount of liquid, otherwise the active substance can settle in the renal tubules, thereby causing problems with the kidneys.
Patients with neurological diseases,violations of electrolyte balance in the body, kidney and liver problems, as well as severe hypoxia should be careful when taking the drug. In order to reduce the risk of kidney damage with intravenous administration, the drug should be administered very slowly, using a dropper for an hour. If the first symptoms of nephropathy have appeared, immediate withdrawal of the medicine is required!
The drug "Acyclovir" sometimes has a toxicaction on the central nervous system. This is most likely in patients with impaired immunity and in elderly people, especially when administering high doses.
There have been cases when in therapy with Acyclovirthrombocytopenic purpura or hemolytic uremic syndrome was recorded. Such cases are very rare, and even more rarely - with a fatal outcome. Usually this is observed in patients with clinically manifested forms of HIV infection.
The drug is not recommended for young children under the age of two years and for children in the treatment of varicella zoster if it occurs in mild, uncomplicated form.
Treating Genital Herpes, Best For The Timepassing the therapy to refuse sexual intercourse, in extreme cases, to use condoms, because the use of the drug does not protect against "rewarding" the partner's virus.
Creams and ointments for external use (5%) should not be applied to the mucous membrane of the eyes and mouth, the risk of development of expressed local inflammation is high.