Aciclovir

  • Treats outbreaks of genital herpes
  • Helps sores to heal faster
  • Reduces the number of future episodes
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Buy Aciclovir UK | What is Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is an antiviral treatment for genital herpes - a condition caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2). It is important to understand that Aciclovir is not a cure for herpes, but it can treat the symptoms of herpes faster and prevent the virus from spreading.

 

How does Aciclovir work?

Contrary to popular belief, viruses are not living micro-organisms. They are made up of genetic material (such as DNA or RNA) packaged within a shell of protein. Unlike bacteria, viruses are incapable of living and replicating outside of a host, such as the human body.

In order to survive in the body, the virus hijacks a cell and uses it to replicate. Once the replication is complete, the virus leaves the cell to hijack another, resulting in the cell's death. Aciclovir works by inhibiting a protein in the body which the virus uses to replicate itself and cause further infection. By limiting the virus's ability to multiply, the immune system can fight the infection more effectively, treating the symptoms faster.

It's important to understand that Aciclovir is not a cure for herpes and does not kill or destroy the virus. Once the number of viruses are diminished, the immune system takes over to beat the virus into remission. Even if you treat genital herpes with Aciclovir, you may still experience future outbreaks which will require further treatment.

How do I take Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is available in 400 mg tablets. These should be taken 3 times a day, spread apart by 4 hours. Swallow each tablet whole with a glass of water, with or without food. The tablets are taken over a course of 5 days, starting as soon as you notice symptoms of an outbreak.

If you miss a dose, do not take another tablet to compensate for the missed dose. Always follow the instruction of the doctor or pharmacist. If you are unsure how to take Aciclovir, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

 

What are the side effects of Aciclovir?

All medicines carry the risk of side effects. It is important to read the patient information leaflet, which is enclosed in the packaging of your medication, before you begin taking any medication.

If you are concerned about any of the side effects associated with the treatment you are prescribed, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Some side effects of Aciclovir include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Vertigo
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Aciclovir can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

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