Generic Name: AcyclovirBrand name: Zovirax, Acifar, Acyclovir Hexpharm, Azovir, Clinovir, Clopes, Danovir, Herax, Herpiclof, Hervirex, Kenrovir, Licovir, Matrovir, Molavir, Nevirz, Quavir, Scanovir, Vircovir, Virdam, Vireth, Virpes, Virtaz-200, Virules, Zoter, Zumasid, Zyclorax

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. Growth and spread of the herpes virus occurs slowly so that the body can fight the infection. Acyclovir does not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses. Diseases caused by herpes viruses include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles and chicken pox.

Acyclovir is also used for other needs which have not been listed here.

Important Information
Taking acyclovir by prescription will reduce the symptoms before the infection actually occurs. Treatment with acyclovir should be started as soon as possible after first symptoms appear (such as burning, tingling and blisters)

Herpes infection contagious to other people, even when you are being treated with acyclovir. Avoid contact of the infected area to others. Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading.

Side Effects
Call emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to this:
• Itching with red spots
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat

Stop using acyclovir and call your doctor if you have the following serious side effects:
• Pain in the lower back
• less urine than usual
• Young swelling or bleeding
• Unusual Fatigue

Other side effects are:
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain
• Headache, hovering
• Swelling of the hands or feet

Symptomatic side effects above may seem incomplete and other symptoms.