Aciclovir - also known as Zovirax - is proven at combating herpes symptoms and is available here in a 200mg and 800mg dose. Aciclovir tablets can be taken for both long-term or as a one-off treatment. To order, complete a free online consultation. Next working day delivery anywhere in the UK is free of charge.
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Aciclovir antiviral tablet is known for its fast-acting relief in especially treating genital herpes, but also cold sores and shingles which are caused by the herpes simplex type 2 (HSVII), herpes simplex type 1(HSVI) and herpes zoster respectively. It is also available in a topical cream format (known as Zovirax) which is usually used for cold sores, applied directly for immediate effect. At the moment we only offer the Aciclovir in an oral tablet form.
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 genital herpes have found that taking their dosage as soon as the first symptoms start resulted in the sores or blisters not appearing at all, or the outcome being barely noticeable.
Aciclovir is the active ingredient in this medication, and works similarly to other antiviral herpes medicine such as valaciclovir by preventing the action of an enzyme necessary in the growth and multiplication of the virus. By inhibiting its spreading, the body's natural defences can then contain and attack the virus far more quickly.
Aciclovir tablets are one of the most popular treatments for the genital herpes in the UK as it reacts quickly to the virus, 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:
Aciclovir (Zovirax) is most successful the quicker it is taken. If taken as soon as you notice tingling or burning, it can eliminate symptoms within 24 hours (1 day) especially for genital herpes. Cold sores and symptoms of shingles can be slightly longer at 48-72 hours (2 days).
Aciclovir tablet can be taken without a meal, but it is advised to take the treatment with plenty of water. This is necessary due to the risk of dehydration, as Aciclovir tablets can cause reduced kidney functions.
The dosage you're recommended will depend on the viral infection and the symptoms' harshness. Please follow the instructions below and thoroughly read the patient leaflet before taking Aciclovir:
Aciclovir tablets are available in three dosages; 200mg, 400mg and 800mg. Here we provide the 200 and 800mg dosages, depending on the advice by your GP or doctor it is better to start on a lower dose (200mg) which is more suitable for treating and preventing genital herpes and cold sores. Aciclovir 800mg tablets are often used for chicken pox and shingles.
If you miss a dosage you should take the missing pill as soon as you remember, or if it is very near your next dosage, then miss it out completely. It's imperative not to take two tablets at once.
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 use prescription medications, they have a small risk of side effects, these are often temporary and most cease as the body becomes accustomed to the treatment. The common side effects that may accompany Aciclovir include:
More uncommon or even rare side effects include:
Rare side effects occur 1 in 1000 patients that use this treatment and include jaundice, hepatitis, convulsions etc. If you do experience any of these side effects they should pass in a short space of time. Emergency medical help may be required though if you display any severe allergic reactions to this antiviral treatment. This includes difficulty breathing, swelling anywhere around the head and throat and hives.
Most people over the age of 18 with genital herpes or other related viral infections can use Aciclovir tablet. There are however certain limitations and conditions that may prevent the use of this medicine. These include those who are:
If your are ordering for a repeat prescription or you happen to be taking new medication you should also mention these in the online consultation so that the doctor can ensure your safety in using Aciclovir. In particular, mentioning medication such as cimetidine, zidovudine, probenecid, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, theophylline and ciclosporin is particularly essential due to their negative reaction with antiviral medicine.
As genital herpes is incurable and can be easily transferred to your partner at any time, refraining from sexual contact, as well as communicating with your partner 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 or 800mg dosages online at HealthExpress by filling in a quick consultation approved by one of our partner doctors. Once approved a prescription is sent to our UK pharmacy where your tablets are packaged and dispatched for next day delivery anywhere you are in the UK - at home or at work.
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