How it works
Aciclovir is an antiviral medication that works by entering the cell wall of the virus and preventing it from replicating further.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label. Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.
Aciclovir may be used with or without food.
If it is being used for treating shingles, then the treatment should start as soon as the first signs of the disease appear.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How & where do I storeAciclovir
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture. Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
• if you have kidney problems or a weakened immune system.
This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.
Aciclovir is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Adalat.
These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help..
To be Avoided
You must avoid using Aciclovir if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or
• 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.
Possible food and drug interactions
Aciclovir may react with aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, cyclosporine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin or any other medications that exert a strain on the kidney.
Information for pregnant women Aciclovir
The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category B.
Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication
Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.