Aciclovir is one of the most famous antiviral drugs. According to the instruction, this medicine has a devastating effect on Herpes Simplex, herpes zoster, viral herpes and Cytomegalovirus.
The danger of herpes is that the infectious agent is distributed to all system of human body through lymph and blood. Classic manifestation of herpes is the appearance of bubbles filled with the light serum liquid on the skin and mucous membranes. Then, these bubbles turn into the crusts. This state is often accompanied by the decrease in well-being: increased body temperature, headache, fever and malaise.
Aciclovir is a very safe antiviral drug, available at a reasonable cost. This drug is especially effective for the treatment of Herpes Simplex that affects mucous membranes and skin, agents of herpes zoster affecting the peripheral and central nervous system. In this case, bubble rash is extended over the location of sensitive nerve endings. Aciclovir finds the cells affected by Herpes Simplex, integrates into their DNA and destroys the infectious agents.
Every pill of Aciclovir contains 200 mg of the drug. During the oral intake, the drug is absorbed into the blood and distributed in the body. After that, part of the drug (20%) gets into the liver, decays and leaves the body with urine. The rest of the drug is excreted unchanged. This drug can enter the spinal cord and brain, cross the blood-brain barrier and release with the breast milk. Usually, for the treatment of herpes you should take 1 pill 5 times a day. Patients with the weakened immune system should double the dose. The duration of treatment course is 5 days.
Apart from the treatment of herpes simplex and herpes zoster, Aciclovir is used for the treatment of genital herpes zoster. We should note that the treatment of genital herpes requires the use of this drug in the form of ointment. However, if the herpes rash starts to extend to the other body areas, only external use may not be enough. In this case, you should also take Aciclovir in pills.
However, the range of application of Aciclovir in pills doesn’t end there. The drug is used to reduce pain and edema in the herpes zoster, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus infection and the prevention of herpes in case of low immunity.
Aciclovir is contraindicated in case of increased sensitivity to its components, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Patients with neurological disorders and kidney failure must use the drug with extreme caution.
Sometimes pills of Aciclovir can cause side effects. According to the instruction, possible side effects of Aciclovir are: lethargy, weakness, insomnia, vertigo, sickness, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, hair loss (alopecia), hallucinations and decreased concentration.
To prevent herpes, you can’t allow other people to use your personal toiletries; in case of genital rash you should refrain from sexual contacts.