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Aciclovir 5% Cream

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Aciclovir 5% Cream is available to buy online to treat the herpes virus, including cold sores, genital herpes and shingles. To order, complete a one-off consultation to be reviewed by our partner doctor. If you're struggling from a recent outbreak, we have next-day delivery across the UK.

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What is Aciclovir 5% Cream?

Aciclovir 5% Cream is an antiviral cream under the classification of antiviral medications known as synthetic nucleoside analogues. The cream is used in the treatment of genital herpes and cold sores. In the UK, you may also find it under the name 'Zovirax'.

Aciclovir 5% Cream is used to decrease symptoms, whilst speeding up the healing process.

It should be used during outbreaks of genital herpes, caused by the herpes virus, where sores form around the rectum and genitals. It can also be used to treat cold sores on the lips or face.

The cream can be used by adults and the elderly, but should not be used by children.

How does Aciclovir 5% Cream work?

Aciclovir 5% Cream is an antiviral agent that attacks the Type 1 and Type 2 herpes simplex virus, responsible for genital herpes and cold sores.

The cream is activated inside the infected cells, blocking a viral enzyme known as DNA Polymerase (this enzyme is needed by the virus in order for it to multiply and survive).

The herpes virus is incurable, but highly manageable. The medicine doesn't kill the virus, but prevents it from multiplying and infecting more of the body's cells. It does not prevent further outbreaks, cure genital herpes or cold sores, or prevent the condition from spreading to other people.

How to use Aciclovir 5% Cream

  • The cream should be applied at the first signs of infection
  • Wash your hands before applying the cream
  • Apply Aciclovir 5% Cream up to 6 times a day, 3 hours apart, for 7 days
  • Apply a layer of cream to the affected area and rub gently into the skin
  • Always wash your hands after using Aciclovir 5% Cream
  • If symptoms persist, you can continue to use the cream for a further 5 days

What dosages are available for Aciclovir 5% Cream?

There is only one dosage commonly available for Aciclovir 5% Cream. The cream contains 50mg of Aciclovir. This has been tested to be the maximum effectiveness to combat forms of genital herpes and cold sores.

What are the side effects of Aciclovir 5% Cream?

This medicine may occasionally cause side effects including flaky or peeling skin; dry, cracked lips; burning or tingling sensation on the skin; redness or irritation around the affected area.

Rare side effects could include contact dermatitis; flushing of the skin; hives or rash; allergic reaction.

What are the precautions/interactions of Aciclovir 5% Cream?

  • You should tell your GP or pharmacist if you are taking other medications before using Aciclovir 5% Cream
  • You should also tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • This medicine is not known to interact with any other medicines
  • Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should seek advice from their doctor before using this medicine

How to buy Aciclovir 5% Cream online

You can order Aciclovir 5% Cream today and receive it tomorrow. Simply complete a consultation, which will be kept in your member's area for future use. If your consultation has been completed and approved by 4:30pm Monday to Friday, you'll receive Aciclovir Cream by 1pm the following day, including Saturday

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