This effective antiviral medication is used to treat genital herpes, cold sores and shingles. Not to be confused with the cream version of the treatment, Aciclovir is an oral tablet that can combat the symptoms associated with these viral infections and is also used to prevent the emergence of cold sores, treat shingles, chicken pox and other related symptoms. It is available in a 200 and 800mg dose in tablet form.
Aciclovir can be taken for both long-term (if you're prone to symptoms throughout the year) or as a one-off treatment, and is available to order after filling in our free consultation. If approved by one of our registered doctors, then you can buy these antiviral tablets. If ordered before 4pm, you will receive your treatment the next working day or through our free same day delivery if in London.
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This antiviral tablet is renowned for its fast-acting relief, Aciclovir is used to treat the three most common forms of herpes; genital herpes, cold sores and shingles, medically known as herpes simplex type 2, herpes simplex type 1 and herpes zoster respectively.
Due to its potent nature, this herpes treatment is often prescribed to assist the initial outbreak, however it can be used as a preventative to keep herpes outbreaks at bay if you are prone to frequent bouts.. If you start taking the pills as soon as you notice symptoms, you can significantly reduce the time it takes for the infection to go away, often to within 1-2 days. In fact, some of those using Aciclovir to treat cold sores found that taking their dosage as soon as the tingling starts resulted in the sore not appearing at all, or the outcome being barely noticeable.
Aciclovir is the active ingredient in this medication, and it works in the same way as other antiviral herpes medications by preventing the initial outbreak from multiplying and spreading. This allows your body's natural defences to attack the virus far more quickly than waiting for your body to fight away the cells by itself.
The result is highly effective as just one prescribed course of the drug cuts down your infection time by at least half as well as muting the severity of the symptoms.
Aciclovir 200mg and 800mg tablets are one of the most popular treatments for the herpes virus in the UK as it reacts quickly, is easily available and is suitable for both one-off and long-term treatment options. It prevents symptoms from worsening, and provides additional benefits, such as:
Another obvious benefit is its multi-functional nature. Aciclovir has been proven to help eliminate the symptoms of genital herpes, cold sores and shingles, and can be used in conjunction with soothing creams too.
This particular treatment is especially popular with cold sores and genital herpes, which users frequently reviewing Aciclovir at least 4 out of 5 in effectiveness.
For aciclovir (Zovirax), it is most successful the quicker you take it. If taken as soon as you notice tingling or burning, it will eliminate symptoms within 24 hours (1 day) of noting signs of an outbreak, especially for genital herpes. Cold sores and symptoms of shingles can be slightly longer at 48 hours (2 days) after noticing the tell-tale signs.
This herpes medicine comes in a hard capsule form (often referred to as a dispersible tablet) and should be considered completely different to the creams and ointment, not just in application but because the dosages may vary. You can take creams and ointments with herpes pills. You can take the Aciclovir tablets to keep symptoms away, and use the cream to treat genital herpes lesions.
For Aciclovir tablets, the dosage you're recommended will depend on the herpes virus you have and the symptoms harshness. What can be agreed upon is the importance in taking the full course of antivirals, even if the symptoms completely clear half way through.
Unlike other herpes medications, the way Aciclovir is taken can be split into a needs-be and preventive categories, rather than separated based on condition. Please follow the instructions below and thoroughly read the patient leaflet before taking Aciclovir:
Every dosage can be taken with or without food, ideally with a glass of water. Treatment is most effective when taken at the same time(s) every day until the course has finished. It also advised to drink plenty of fluids whilst taking this medication to avoid dehydration, especially for the elderly.
If you miss a dosage, it depends on how long for. If it's fairly soon after, take the missing pill as soon as you remember, or if it is very near your next dosage, missed it out completely. It's imperative not to take two tablets at once. If you do, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
It's worth noting that online prescription medication can only be purchased by those over the age of 18 for their own person.
Aciclovir tablets are available to buy in three dosages; 200mg, 400mg and 800mg. Here we provide the 200 and 800mg dosages. We will be able to advise you on the appropriate dose for you after filling in our consultation, or you can visit your GP for further information.
The lower dose is more suitable treating and preventing herpes simplex, so 200mg and 400mg is often prescribed for genital herpes and cold sores. Aciclovir 800mg tablets are often used for chicken pox and shingles.
Each Aciclovir dose should be taken at the same time for the medication to be most successful and your pill pack is clearly labelled to help you remember.
Whenever you buy prescription medications, they have a small risk of side effects, and even "common side effects" usually only affect only 1 in 10 patients. They are also often temporary and extremely manageable. These side effects include;
They should pass very quickly, but speak to a doctor if they become bothersome. Other side effects classed being more uncommon include:
Emergency medical help is required right away if you're displaying the symptoms of an allergic reaction. This includes difficulty breathing, swelling anywhere around the head and throat and hives.
It goes without saying that you should avoid Aciclovir tablets if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, but there are other precautions to take. Before taking your first course of antivirals, you should visit your doctor to check they are safe for you to use.
If it's a repeat prescription or you happen to be taking new medication (antibiotics or mood suppressants for example), you will need to also tell your doctor and make this clear in your online consultation. For Aciclovir, mentioning cimetidine, zidovudine, probenecid, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, theophylline and ciclosporin is particularly essential. Other precautions of conditions that may prevent the use of this medication include:
For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, this medication has not been 100% verified as safe to use. There is research showing that Aciclovir passes into breast milk so caution is advised, but it can still taken. For pregnancy, limited use is advised. You should always seek further information from your GP before using any medication during and shortly after pregnancy.
As the herpes virus is incurable and can be transferred to your partner at any time, refraining from sexual contact, as well as communicating with your partner and others around you, is key.
Ordering recurrent medication can be done all online, saving you the time and effort spent arranging an appointment for tablets you know you need without hassle. You can order Aciclovir 200mg and 800mg dosages online at HealthExpress by filling in a quick consultation approved by one of our UK registered doctors. Once approved a prescription is sent to our pharmacy where your tablets are packaged and dispatched for next day delivery anywhere you are in the UK - at home or at work.