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  • Manufactured by: Cipla Ltd
  • Contains / Salt: Acyclovir (200 mg)
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    Acivir Information

    Acivir, a prescription drug, is manufactured in various forms such as Cream,Infusion,Tablet,Injection,Drops,Ointment. It is typically used for the treatment of Herpes, Shingles, Cold Sores. Acivir also has some secondary and off-label uses. These are listed below.

    The right dosage of Acivir depends on the age, gender, and medical history of the patient. The condition it has been prescribed for, and the route of administration also determine the right dosage. For detailed information on this, read through the dosage section.

    Some other side effects of Acivir have been listed ahead. Usually, these side effects of Acivir go away soon, and do not persist beyond the duration of the treatment. Please speak with your doctor if these side effects worsen or persist for a longer duration.

    Furthermore, you should know that effect of Acivir is Safe for pregnant women and Mild for women who are breastfeeding. Warnings related to Acivir's effects on the liver, heart and kidney, if any, have been listed below.

    Acivir is not recommended if you suffer from certain medical conditions as it can have adverse effects. Kidney Disease are examples of such conditions. Other conditions have been mentioned below in the Acivir contraindications section.

    Besides this, Acivir may also have severe interaction with some medicines. Refer to the list below for further details.

    You should also be aware that Acivir is safe while driving, and is addiction.



    Acivir Benefits & Uses

    Acivir is used to treat the following -

    Other Benefits

    Acivir Dosage & How to Take

    This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

    Find the right dosage based on disease and age

    Age Group Dosage
    Adult
    • Disease: Chickenpox
    • Before or After Meal: After Meal
    • Single Maximum Dose: 800 mg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 4 daily
    • Course Duration: 5 days
    • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
    Geriatric
    • Disease: Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE)
    • Before or After Meal: After Meal
    • Single Maximum Dose: 400 mg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 3 daily
    • Course Duration: 10 days
    • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
    13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
    • Disease: Chickenpox
    • Before or After Meal: After Meal
    • Single Maximum Dose: 800 mcg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 3 daily
    • Course Duration: 5 days
    • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
    2 - 12 years (Child)
    • Disease: Chickenpox
    • Before or After Meal: After Meal
    • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg/kg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 3 daily
    • Course Duration: 5 days
    • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
    Infant (1 month to 2 years)
    • Disease: Chickenpox
    • Before or After Meal: After Meal
    • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg/kg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 3 daily
    • Course Duration: 5 days
    • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor

    Acivir Related Warnings

    • Is the use of Acivir safe for pregnant women?


      Pregnant women can take Acivir without worrying about any side effects.

      Safe
    • Is the use of Acivir safe during breastfeeding?


      Side effects of Acivir on breastfeeding women are very mild.

      Mild
    • What is the effect of Acivir on the Kidneys?


      Acivir rarely harms the kidneys.

      Mild
    • What is the effect of Acivir on the Liver?


      Side effects of Acivir rarely affect the liver.

      Mild
    • What is the effect of Acivir on the Heart?


      Side effects of Acivir rarely affect the heart.

      Mild


    Severe Interaction of Acivir with Other Drugs

    Acivir should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

    Severe

    Moderate



    Acivir Contraindications

    If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Acivir unless your doctor advises you to do so -



    Frequently asked Questions about Acivir

    • Is this Acivir habit forming or addictive?


      Acivir is not addictive in nature.

      No
    • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


      Yes, you can comfortably use machinery or drive after taking Acivir since it will not make you feel sleepy.

      Safe
    • Is it safe?


      Yes, Acivir does not show any kind of adverse effect.

      Safe
    • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


      No, Acivir is not used to treat mental disorders.

      No

    Acivir Interactions with Food and Alcohol

    • Interaction between Food and Acivir


      Taking Acivir with food does not cause any problems.

      Safe
    • Interaction between Alcohol and Acivir


      Side effects of drinking alcohol and taking Acivir at the same time are rare and minor. However, if you face any side effects, talk to your doctor immediately.

      Mild


    Frequently asked Questions about Acivir

    Question about 5 years ago

    How long can I safely take Acivir?

    Dr. Abhijit MBBS , General Physician

    Take Acivir as directed by your doctor. Do not take this medicine longer than prescribed to avoid unpleasant side effects.

    Question almost 5 years ago

    Can Acivir cause acne?

    Dr. R.K Singh MBBS , Diabetology

    No, Acivir does not cause acne. It has not been reported by the patient who is taking this medicine. However, if you are experiencing acne after taking this drug, this might be due to other medical conditions. You are advised to use some over the counter creams such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide cream.

    Question over 4 years ago

    Can Acivir affect blood sugar levels?

    Dr. Faisal Mukhtar MBBS, PG Dip, DNB , Ophthalmology

    No, Acivir does not affect blood sugar levels. It has not been reported to lower the blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). So, if you have diabetes keep a check on your blood sugar levels and in case if you feel lightheadedness, shaking or increased heartbeat after taking this drug then drink a glass of fruit juice, eat candies to restore your blood sugar levels and report to your doctor.

    Question almost 4 years ago

    Can I take Acivir with paracetamol?

    Dr. Ramraj Meena MBBS , General Physician

    Yes Acivir can be taken with paracetamol. Paracetamol does not interfere with the efficacy of Acivir. Hence, it is alright to take them together. However, if you feel any discomfort after taking this drug do not hesitate to inform your doctor.

    Question almost 5 years ago

    Can Acivir cause fatigue?

    Dr. Abhijit MBBS , General Physician

    Rarely, Acivir causes fatigue. It is a known side effect of this drug. However, the exact cause of fatigue is not known. If you experience tiredness after taking this drug, then try to take some rest even after that if you feel excessive tiredness then do discuss it with your doctor.



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    This medicine data has been created by -

    Vikas Chauhan

    B.Pharma, Pharmacy
    5 Years of Experience


    References

    KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 798-800

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Zovirax® (acyclovir)



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