What is Acyclovir / Zovirax Tablet?
Acivir DT® Dispersible Tablet contains Acyclovir, an active ingredient used to treat certain viral infections. Dispersible tablets can get quickly disintegrate when added to water.
Acivir Dispersible tablets are manufactured using Acyclovir which belongs to antiviral medications. Acivir tablets can be used in treating cold sores, herpes simplex, shingles, chickenpox, etc. Other than that, Acyclovir is used in treating genital herpes outbreaks. The use of Acyclovir can help in reducing the number of relapses.
Acyclovir belongs to antiviral medications, and this cannot eradicate infections. But Acyclovir can be used in alleviating the symptoms and severity of viral infections. Acyclovir can lower the viral load within the body. Therefore it helps significantly in the sore healing process and alleviates pain associated with sores.
Acyclovir will be converted to triphosphate forms after ingestion. Acyclovir triphosphate is capable of inhibiting viral DNA polymerase. Therefore it involves terminating the viral replication process.
Side effects of Acyclovir Tablet?
The consumers may experience side effects at the initial consumption. But with time, the body gets adapts to the side effects. But there are instances where the side effects get worsen. In such cases, take immediate medical advice, nausea and vomiting, headache.
Serious side effects – the feeling of dizziness, unusual pain in the back area, hallucinations and mood changes, and changes in the urine output.
Rarely do Acivir dispersible tablets cause serious side effects. Long-term use can result in the impairment of kidneys and blood cells. These severe side effects can be experienced when the consumer has weekend immunity.
How to use Acivir Dispersible Tablets
The dispersible tablets dissolve in water quickly. So you can take a glass of water and add the tablet to the water. After it gets dissolved, you can drink a glass of water.
Or else, simply you can keep the dispersible tablet on the tongue. Once it gets in touch with saliva, it starts to dissolve. You can use water to drink the dissolved portion of the tablet. Or else you can keep the tablet until it gets fully dissolved.
It is advised to use the Acivir tablets soon after the symptoms appear. To meet the physician immediately after appearing symptoms.
- Be cautious if you are a patient with renal impairment. Your physician will calculate the suitable dose depending on your renal capacity and the viral infection.
- The renal function of the geriatric population is weak. So the doses are needed to adjust according to the age. Renal impairments and the age of the consumers will increase the risk for neurological side effects.
- Repeated drug regimens and inappropriate use of antiviral drugs can result in drug resistance. In such cases, Acyclovir will not respond to the viral infection. So use the medications according to the given drug regime.
- Good hydration is needed when you are consuming a high acyclovir dose. Remember to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
- Be cautious when using other nephrotoxic drugs together with Acyclovir, increasing the risk for nephrotoxicity.
- Oral acyclovir dosage forms may be used for pediatric patients in treating skin and mucosal viral infections. Be cautious when administering Acyclovir to children.
- Acyclovir gets excreted via the renal system. Acyclovir gets excreted as it is within the tubular secretion process. Any medication which impairs renal tubular secretions will alter the plasma level of the Acyclovir. The drugs and the herbal products which harm renal excretion may elevate the serum acyclovir level.
- The studies have not proven the effects of Acyclovir during pregnancy. So Acyclovir can be used even during pregnancy with medical advice. Never self-administrate Acyclovir.
- Acyclovir can enter the feeding babies via the mother’s breast milk. So be cautious if you are a breastfeeding mother.