Acyclovir an Antiviral Drug

By Olivia Andrews Published 01/8/2007 | Health

Acyclovir is most common Antiviral drugs which is used to treat infection caused by herpes viruses. It slows down the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection. Illness caused by herpes viruses includes genital herpes, cold sores, chicken pox, and shingles.

Acyclovir is a medicine recommended as an antiviral prescription to treat genital herpes virus including herpes simplex 1 and 2, chicken pox, shingles and varicella-zoster. It thereby interferes with enzymes being used by viruses to replicate among DNA in cells. As such, the virus is prevented to multiply and the healing of herpes takes place.

There might be certain side effects of Acyclovir depending upon the intake of the dose and the proportion the infection being treated. It is important here that every patient may not necessarily observe such side effects. Some of these effects require proper medical examination in case the patient observes the following:

1. Some sort of allergy or reaction
2. Skin rashes
3. Swelling in parts of body such as tongue, lips or face
4. Injury in the soft tissues or bone of any of the parts of the body or uncommon bleeding
5. Stomach pain
6. Less or no production of urine in the body

other mild side effects that get away during the course of the treatment may include:

1. Feeling of nausea
2. Vomiting
3. Diarrhea
4. Headaches

Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even if you are being treated with acyclovir. It will prevent the spread of genital herpes. Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others. Consult your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

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Olivia Andrews, writing is a freelance journalist and has written many reviews on subjects such as finance, education, health, entertainment, music, gifts, crafts, travel, apparels, and mobile phones.