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Aciclovir is an antiviral medication used to treat infection caused by the herpes virus, including cold sores, chicken pox and shingles. It is available on prescription as an oral medication, or as a topical cream which can be bought over the counter. Aciclovir cream is used for treating minor infections and is usually sufficient for the treatment of cold sores. Aciclovir cream is used solely for the purpose of treating the symptoms of and cold sores, and cannot be used in a preventative capacity or for the treatment of genital herpes.
Aciclovir cream does not cure herpes or cold sores, but reduces the severity of outbreaks, helps sores to heal, and reduces itching and pain. Cold sores tend to begin healing within 10 days, and application of Aciclovir cream can help to speed up this process.
Cold sores are contagious whilst the cold sore symptoms are present. Therefore, if you have a cold sore, you should avoid kissing anyone from the moment you first feel a tingling sensation right up until the cold sore has completely disappeared.
The active ingredient is aciclovir. 1g of cream contains 50mg aciclovir (5%).
The inactive ingredients of Aciclovir cream are stearoyl macrolglyceries, dimeticone, cetyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propylene glycol and purified water.
Please Note: Inactive ingredients may differ between different brands of generic medication.
For effective treatment of cold sores, Aciclovir cream should be used as soon as possible after the start of the infection. Wash your hands thoroughly before application. Apply a thin layer of cream to the infected area, taking care not to rub the skin more than is necessary for the cream to absorb. Apply 5 times per day, at intervals of about 4 hours, for 5 days. If the infection does not heal in this time, continue to apply the cream for up to an additional 5 days.
Aciclovir cream contains 5% aciclovir and is for external use only. A thin layer of the cream should be applied 5 times per day at 4 hourly intervals. Infection should heal within 5 days but if not, continue using the cream for up to another 5 days.
Side effects of Aciclovir cream are rare, and when they do occur are usually localised. Uncommon side effects, which affect less than 1 in 100 people, include:
Rare side effects, affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people, include:
Very rarely, a patient may experience an allergic reaction to Aciclovir cream. Stop using the treatment immediately and seek medical attention if you experience the following:
You should not use Aciclovir cream if you are allergic to any of its active or inactive ingredients. It should not be applied to mucus membranes, such as the inside of the mouth and nose, the eyes and inside the vagina. This cream should not be used to treat mouth ulcers or herpes infections near the eyes.If you cold sore is severe, seek your doctors advice before using Aciclovir cream.
If your immune system is weakened for some reason, such as cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant or HIV infection, seek your doctor’s advice before using Aciclovir cream.
You should inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have taken or are planning on taking any other medications, including over the counter or prescription-free medications.
Although Aciclovir cream is thought to be safe to use during pregnancy, speak to your doctor for advice before beginning the treatment.
The active ingredient of Aciclovir cream, aciclovir, has been found to pass into breastmilk, although it is not thought of as harmful to a nursing infant. Speak to your doctor for advice before beginning treatment.
Aciclovir can be used both as a topical cream, which is available to buy over the counter, or as an oral medication, which is only available on prescription. Aciclovir cream is usually a sufficient treatment for cold sores, but should not be used inside the vagina, mouth or eyes. For more serious outbreaks of herpes infection, such as genital herpes, or for preventing chronic outbreaks, your doctor may prescribe Aciclovir tablets for a period of time.
Some strengths of Aciclovir cream can be bought over the counter without a prescription. However, there are some measures you can take at home to help heal cold sores:
Aciclovir cream is not considered to be addictive. It is best to begin application as soon as possible after the start of the infection. Do not exceed the stated dose.
Aciclovir is an antiviral medication, administered to treat viral infections. It is not an antibiotic, which are used to treat bacterial infections.
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