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What is Aciclovir and how does it work?

Aciclovir is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes infections, including genital herpes. Although it cannot be cured, aciclovir tablets help to control and suppress herpes. The medication decreases the severity of a herpes outbreak by preventing the virus from multiplying, thereby also reducing the duration of the infection.

How do I take Aciclovir?

The recommended dose of Aciclovir for genital herpes is 400mg and it works best if you take it at the first sign of symptoms. Swallow one tablet whole with water three times a day, for 5 days. For suppressing genital herpes, Aciclovir 400mg should be taken twice a day. Neither alcohol nor food affect the mechanism of Aciclovir. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant.

Make sure you keep hydrated during the treatment as the effects of Aciclovir are quite hard on the kidneys.

How effective is Aciclovir?

If taken as soon as a herpes outbreak has begun, Aciclovir can reduce the duration and severity of the outbreak. It can also suppress recurring outbreaks by 80%.

What is Herpes?

Herpes is the name given to a family of viral infectious diseases. The most common virus within this family is Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), the cause of oral herpes and genital herpes. Symptoms of these infections include itching, soreness, tingling, and red bumps which develop into painful crusty sores. Whilst the first outbreak is generally most severe, recurring outbreaks may still occur as the virus lies dormant in the body for life. Whilst there is no cure for the condition, the anti-viral medications aciclovir and valaciclovir may be used to treat genital herpes outbreaks, or even be taken regularly to reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Read more here.

Living with Herpes

If you have recently been diagnosed with genital herpes, you may be feeling angry or concerned. However, it is important to know that it is a very common condition, and there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce the impact it has on your life. If you do suffer from pain, over-the-counter painkillers may help, as well as soaking the area in warm water. Otherwise the area should be kept dry, and cotton breathable underwear worn. It is important to be open with sexual partners about the diagnosis, and always wear a condom, as the infection may be spread even when there are no symptoms. Whilst there is no cure for the disease, other prescription medications such as aciclovir and valaciclovir can reduce the severity and/or frequency of outbreaks. Read more here.

Do I need to tell my partner?

Herpes is a common viral infection, caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. Many people ask whether they should tell their partner if they are infected. It is a highly contagious disease, which is most commonly transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact with the affected area during an outbreak. However, as the virus lies dormant in the body for life, transmission of the virus may still be possible when a person has no symptoms. Therefore you should always be open and honest with your partner about sexual history and diagnoses, and take steps to minimise transmission, such as always wearing a condom, and abstaining from sex during active outbreaks. Read more here.

Further reading

The most common side effects of Aciclovir are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness and headache
  • Skin rashes

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