Drug: acyclovir

The most common side effects are
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea and
  • headache.
Other reported side effects include:
  • agitation,
  • confusion,
  • rash,
  • anemia, and
  • muscle pain,
  • hypersensitivity reactions,
  • seizures,
  • agitation,
  • confusion,
  • anemia,
  • hepatitis, and
  • muscle pain.
Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmDReference: FDA Prescribing Information

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Yes

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  • Capsules: 200 mg.
  • Tablets: 400 and 800 mg.
  • Suspension: 200 mg/5 ml.
  • Injection: 50 mg/ml.
  • Powder for injection: 500 and 1000 mg.
  • Ointment: 5%.

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Acyclovir should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C 25 C (59 F to 77 F).

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Acyclovir may be taken with or without food.
  • Adult oral doses for treating genital herpes are 200 mg every 4 hours (5 times daily) for 7-10 days or 400 mg three times daily for 5-10 days.
  • Herpes Zoster (shingles) is treated with 800 mg every 4 hours (5 times daily) for 7 to 10 days.
  • The dose for treating chicken pox is 800 mg 4 times daily. The usual adult intravenous dose is 5-10 mg/kg every 8 hours for 7-10 days.

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There are no adequate studies of acyclovir in pregnant women. In a patient registry of women who used acyclovir during the first trimester, the rate of birth defects was similar to the rate of birth defects in the general population.

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Acyclovir is excreted in breast milk, and a significant amount may be transferred to the infant.

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