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About Acyclovir Capsules

Acyclovir Capsules is used in the treatment of certain forms of viral infections, specifically targeting herpes infections. Although Acyclovir Capsules will not cure herpes infections, it can help for the sores to heal faster and for the relief of pain or discomfort. Acyclovir Capsules is also used to treat chickenpox or shingles.



Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Acyclovir Capsules:
  • Neurological disease
  • Seizures
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to acyclovir, ganciclovir, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Acyclovir Capsules may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Acyclovir Capsules

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Acyclovir Capsules tablets or capsules should be taken whole orally with a glass of water. To prevent an upset stomach you may take Acyclovir Capsules with food. Remember, when taking Acyclovir Capsules or any prescription drug to always follow the label closely. Be sure to space your doses evenly and do not take more than directed.

Acyclovir Capsules should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Acyclovir Capsules

In the event that a dose of Acyclovir Capsules was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Acyclovir Capsules. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Acyclovir Capsules to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Phenytoin
  • Zidovudine
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Probenecid
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Acyclovir Capsules; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Acyclovir Capsules.

Acyclovir Capsules Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Acyclovir Capsules and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to the sun

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Acyclovir Capsules Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Acyclovir Capsules consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Acyclovir Capsules:

  • Skin rash or hives
  • Increased thirst
  • Tremor
  • Reduced amount of urine passed
  • Confusion or hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain
  • Redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • Unusual weakness or fatigue

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Acyclovir Capsules Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Acyclovir Capsules and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Acyclovir Capsules is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Acyclovir Capsules. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Acyclovir Capsules and may affect desired results. Acyclovir Capsules cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Acyclovir Capsules is against the law.

How To Store Acyclovir Capsules

The following is general storage information for Acyclovir Capsules:

  • It is important that you store Acyclovir Capsules at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Acyclovir Capsules is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Acyclovir Capsules out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Acyclovir Capsules properly.


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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Acyclovir Capsules. If you experience any other side effects while taking Acyclovir Capsules please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Acyclovir Capsules nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Acyclovir Capsules, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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