Acyclovir is an antiviral used to treat shingles, chickenpox,
or genital herpes. It may also be used to treat other conditions.
BEFORE USING: Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all
prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.
Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions such as,
allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
DIRECTIONS: Follow the directions
for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take this
medicine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach. Store
this medicine at room temperature, away from light and moisture.
To clean up your infection completely, continue taking this
medicine for the full course of treatment even if you feel
better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. If you miss a
dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it
is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and
go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses
CAUTIONS: If your symptoms do not
improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with
your doctor. If you are using this medicine for genital herpes,
begin using it as soon as you notice symptoms (pain, burning,
blisters) of an infection. Use a condom during sexual intercourse.
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor
the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy.
If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for
instructions on using this medicine during pregnancy. Before
you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or
over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This
medicine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be
breast-feeing while you are using this medicine, check with
your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects,
that may go away during treatment, include nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, or headache. If they continue or are bothersome,
check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
POSSIBLE FOOD AND DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent
a medicine from doing its job.
IF YOU TAKE TOO MUCH: If overdose
is suspected, contact your local poison control center or
emergency room immediately.