Acivir-800 DT (Acyclovir) - 800mg (5 Tablets)
- Brand: Acivir
- Generic / Active Ingredient: Aciclovir |
- Manufacturer: Cipla
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Brand Name : Acivir
Generic Name: Aciclovir |
Manufacturer : Cipla
Acivir is an anti-viral drug that is used in the management of herpes virus infections. It acts by inhibiting the viral DNA polymerase and thus, consequently inhibit viral growth and replication. This contains the spread of the virus within the body by cutting down on the numbers of viruses available and also enables the body’s immune system to come in and deal with the now regulated number of viruses. The infection can then be controlled.
However, it is important to note that although this drug is commonly classified as a nucleoside analogue, it does not cure the infection but only contain its spread and help alleviate the symptoms that accompany the infection. The drug can treat sores caused by shingles, chicken pox, genital herpes and other conditions.
How to use Acivir
The drug comes in the form of tablet dosage forms, which should be taken orally. Your physician should provide you with the necessary instructions on how to use the drug. You can also have a look at the instructions on the leaflet that the drug comes with. If you do not understand anything, feel free to consult your doctor for clarifications on the gray areas.
The medicine can be taken with or without food, or depending on the physician’s instructions. If you are prone to forgetting to take your medicine, it is advisable that you take your drugs at specific times of the day. And if you happen to skip two or more doses for any reason, you should inform your doctor before resuming the dosage.
Acivir comes in different strength tablets, namely the 200mg, 400mg and 800mg varieties. The dosage will be calculated by your physician by taking into consideration a number of factors such as the viral load, your medical history, any drug allergies but chiefly the condition they are treating.
For instance, the most typical dosage for an adult suffering from herpes zoster, the treatment regimen may be the administration of 800mg by mouth 5 times a day (or at 4-hour intervals). Treatment of herpes simplex, however, will be different. The dosage administered will depend on whether the viral infection is occurring for the first time or is recurrent. In all cases, strict adherence to the prescribed dosage is very vital for effective treatment and is required of the patient at all times.
Acivir Side Effects
Like most drugs, the use of Acivir may sometimes lead to the patient suffering some side effects. In case of such occurrences, it is important that you contact your physician. Some of the most commonly reported possible side effects include:
• Loose stool
• Vomiting and poor appetite
Although these are the most common and are less severe, the occurrence of more adverse side effects is a valid possibility. If you happen to suffer from bruises, abnormal bleeding, and urinary complications while on this drug, it is highly advisable that you seek immediate care of your physician to avert any further complications. Any other unlisted side effects must also be reported as soon as they manifest.
It is paramount that the patient takes measures to ensure that they do not spread the virus to others. This is because, although the symptoms of the infection may be completely eliminated, the virus is not totally cleared from the body. The possibility of transmission is therefore certain.
Patients are highly advised to commence the medication as soon as they notice any signs and symptoms of the disease.