Acyclovir For Cold Sores

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Aciclovir (Acyclovir) Tablets - Effective Treatment For The Herpes Virus

Author: Hayden Eck

Aciclovir (Acyclovir) is a popular antiviral drug that helps to treat infections caused by the herpes viruses. These infections include genital herpes, shingles, chicken pox and cold sores. Though aciclovir (Acyclovir) does not help to cure the herpes outbreak, the medication helps to prevent the virus from multiplying. This helps to reduce the severity and the duration of the symptoms; as a result the patient recovers faster.

Oral aciclovir tablets are also found effective for preventing herpes simplex infections in patients whose immune systems are suppressed and are unable to fight off infections, either due to diseases such as HIV and AIDS, or because of medical treatments like chemotherapy, steroids or bone marrow transplant.

How Aciclovir works?

Aciclovir works by inhibiting particular enzymes that the virus requires for the replication of DNA in cells. By acting this way, aciclovir denies the virus, its means to multiply. The spread of the virus is therefore curtailed much faster than your body's natural immunity is able to. A few days into the aciclovir treatment you will notice that the rash and sores associated with Herpes viruses seize up and crust over. It is recommended that even if the symptoms have completely disappeared, you should complete the full course of aciclovir tablets to prevent any further outbreaks from occurring. Treatment period of genital herpes with aciclovir tablets may extend for up to 12 months. To get the most effective results from this medication, aciclovir treatment should be started as soon as your symptoms begin to appear.

Available dosages of Aciclovir tablets

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Aciclovir tablets are available in 3 different dosage strengths of 200mg, 400mg and 800mg tablets. Depending on the severity of your infection your doctor may recommend aciclovir tablets 2 to 5 times a day for up to 12 days, as soon as your symptoms become apparent. In case, you are taking aciclovir tablets for the prevention of the herpes outbreak you may have to take the medication about 2 to 5 times a day for up to 12 months.

Aciclovir tablets should be taken orally with a glass of water and may be taken with or without food. However, it is recommended that you take the medication with food as it helps to reduce certain side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea and stomach upsets.

Possible side effects of Aciclovir

Like with any other medicines, there are side effects associated with aciclovir tablets as well. However, most of aciclovir side effects are minor and either requires no treatment or is easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Some of the commonly reported aciclovir side effects include a general feeling of being ill, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, memory loss, leg pain, sore throat and swelling in the hands and the feet.

Some of the rarely reported but serious side effects of acyclovir tablets include aggressiveness or agitation, hallucinations, unusual bruising or bleeding, seizures, unusual decrease in urine production, signs of an allergic reaction (unexplained rash, hives, itching and unexplained swelling).

In case, you experience a serious side effect from acyclovir tablets or if any of the side effects become bothersome please consult your doctor immediately.

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Acyclovir tablets are also found effective for preventing herpes simplex infections. Aciclovir tablets is basically a popular antiviral drug to treat genital herpes, shingles, chicken pox and cold sores.


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10 Responses to Acyclovir For Cold Sores

  1. afterthoughts... says:

    How fast does Acyclovir work on cold sores?
    My doctor prescribed Acyclovir for what she thought might be a cold sore (which I have never had) on the corner of my mouth. I saw her and started taking the medication when the spot was at its worst about 2 days ago. Within the past 48 hours, it has almost completely healed. Does Acyclovir really work this fast?

    • nichole n says:

      Yes it does. Once you start taking the medication, things should begin healing within a day or so. Though, I’ve been told that Acyclovir doesn’t work as well on Type I (oral) as it does on Type II (Genital).

  2. uncertainx3 says:

    What is the dosage amount for Acyclovir pills for cold sores?
    I have a cold sore. and my doctors prescribed me acyclovir pills. But i lost the dosage facts. Does anyone know how many to take, how many times a day, and for how long? Please help.

    • I am here to help says:

      Screw the medications. When you have a cold sore put alcohol prep pads on it. That’s what i do. It hurts but it really works. Do that like 2 or 3 times per day & your cold sore should be gone in like 3 days or so.

  3. Giselle C says:

    Does Acyclovir really help cold sores? And can the drug be harmful to your body in the longrun?
    I have recentaly suspected I have HSV-1 orally. I just had an outbreak 3 weeks ago, which lasted 2 weeks. I was cold sore free for about a week, then all the sudden more popped up on my lips! Im not someone who likes to take perscription drugs, I like to keep it natural. However Ive become desperate, and feel taking Acyclovir is my only chance at living a normal life. Ive tried taking lysine, zinc, vit.C and using abreva….and still no luck!

    • treponema79 says:

      acyclovir is pretty good at staving off herpes. all medications have risks of side effects, but i think acyclovir risks are pretty low.

      lemon balm works pretty well at reducing already present cold sores, but acyclovir is your best bet for preventing them to begin with…

      good luck and if it doesnt work, ask your doc about some of the other antivirals.

  4. Nick says:

    Can I take ciprofloxacin and acyclovir (generic cold sore med) without interactions?
    Or would it be better to use Abreva for my cold sore until I finish my Cipro cycle?

    • mtwaites says:

      The best idea is to check with your local pharmacy, but chances are is that there should be no reactions from having the both, but the doctors and pharmacists are really the only ones that should be sharing things i.e. contraindications etc.

  5. Shay says:

    Acyclovir for cold sores ? how much does it cost ?
    how much does Acyclovir cost with health insurance ?

    • Gwen says:

      Acyclovir isn’t even for “cold sores”, it is used at the beginning of genital herpes, and for shingles, and it is cheap so don’t worry, about 56 cents per pill, usually taken 4 times a day every four hours.

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