"Acyclovir" is prescribed for the treatment of primary and receiveready herpetic infection of the mucous membranes and skin, and also for suppression of shingles and chickenpox. Active medication to genital herpes, and herpetic keratitis, including patients with immunodeficiency.
There are several dosage forms of "Acyclovir". Find the right better not by trial and error, and with the help of a doctor who sees the disease pattern and has an idea about possible complications.

Instructions for use of "Aciclovir" tablets

Children older than two years and proslim for treatment of primary herpetic infection is usually prescribed one tablet of "Acyclovir" 4-5 times a day. A standard therapeutic course is 5 days, however if there are indications or recommendations of a physician it can be extended. In the presence of immunodeficiency, arising, for example, due to chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant dosage "Acyclovir" can be doubled.
In severe cases (in the presence of immunodeficiency or chronic infection) instead of pills and ointments your doctor may suggest intravenous "Acyclovir".

In the event of relapse persons with normal immunity is prescribed 2 tablets "Acyclovir" her twice a day. In patients with impaired immunity, the reception frequency can be increased up to 3-4 times. Children under two years of age, "adult" dose "Acyclovir" reduce twice.

When the chickenpox and shingles "Acyclovir" should be taken every 4 hours for 4 tablets (800 mg), children under 2 years − one. The duration of treatment is a week.

The elderly and persons with disorders in the kidneys during a treatment of "Acyclovir" must consume a sufficient amount of liquid. Also to prevent the development of complications in these patients sometimes it makes sense to revise the dosage of the medication.
The sooner treatment is started the "Acyclovir", the higher its efficiency.

Instructions for use of the ointment "Acyclovir"

Apply a 5% ointment "Acyclovir" should be on the affected with herpes skin up to 5 times per day for 5-10 days. For the procedure it is better to use a cotton swab. Layer of ointment should be fine. Discontinue treatment when all the available bubbles on the body is covered with a crust.

For the treatment of herpes simplex keratitis should be used 3% eye ointment. To achieve the effect should be to lay a small amount of the drug in the lower eyelid. During treatment should abandon lens wear. Apply the ointment is possible and on other mucous membranes.

Side effects and contraindications

As described in the instructions, do not use this drug only in the presence of individual intolerance. During pregnancy and breastfeeding the medicine can be used with caution, only in the presence of evidence of life.

During treatment you may experience the following side effects:
- abdominal pain;
- nausea;
- diarrhea;
- dizziness;
- drowsiness;
- anemia;
- skin rash;
- burning (topical application of the drug).

In most cases, these side effects do not require discontinuation of the medication, however, all complications should be reported to your doctor, to if necessary, revised dosage.