Aciclovir is indicated for the treatment of HSV and VZV infections, including:
- Genital herpex simplex
- Herpes simplex labialis
- Herpes zoster (shingles)
- Acute chickenpox in immunocompromised patients
- Herpes simplex encephalitis
- Acute mucocutaneous HSV infections in immunocompromised patients
- Herpes simplex keratitis (ocular herpes)
- Herpes simplex blepharitis
- Bell's Palsy
Aciclovir is an antiviral. It works by stopping viral replication. However, Aciclovir does not eliminate the virus, is not a cure, and does not prevent transmission to others.
Use Aciclovir as directed by your doctor!
- Take Aciclovir by mouth with or without food.
- Start therapy with Aciclovir at the earliest sign or symptom of shingles or genital herpes (pain, burning, blisters).
- If treating an acute outbreak, continue using Aciclovir for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
- For suppressive therapy, Aciclovir works best if it is taken at the same times each day.
- If you miss a dose of Aciclovir, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Aciclovir.
Store Aciclovir at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Aciclovir out of the reach of children and away from pets.