Acyclovir

acyclovirWhat is Acyclovir?

Acyclovir is the active ingredient in a number of drugs, including Zovirax, and is used to decrease pain and speed the healing of sores or blisters in people who have varicella (chickenpox), herpes zoster (shingles), and first-time or repeat outbreaks of genital herpes. Acyclovir is also sometimes used to prevent outbreaks of genital herpes in people who are infected with the virus.

Acyclovir is in a class of antiviral medications called synthetic nucleoside analogues. It works by stopping the spread of the herpes virus in the body.

How Should It Be Used?

Whether Acyclovir comes as a tablet, a capsule, or a suspension (liquid) it is traditionally taken orally. It is usually taken with or without food two to five times a day for 5 to 10 days, starting as soon as possible after your symptoms begin. When acyclovir is used to prevent outbreaks of genital herpes (HSV-1), it is usually taken two to five times a day for up to 12 months. Acyclovir is a prescription medication and should be taken carefully following the directions on your prescription label or of your doctor. Taking more of it or for longer than prescribed, will not speed recovery or help prevent outbreaks.

Use of this product has been well documented to alleviate the symptoms of all forms of the herpes virus. If symptoms do not improve you should talk to your doctor. Also, Acyclovir operates much like an antibiotic would in your body. It is important to take the entire prescription as directed even if you start to show improvement before the entire regimen is complete.

Other Uses

Acyclovir is sometimes used to treat eczema (a skin infection also caused by the a for of the herpes virus.) In cases of HIV, Acyclovir can be used to treat and prevent herpes infections of the skin, eyes, nose, and mouth.

Benefits

Acyclovir is the tried and true treatment for the herpes virus. There is very little to debate at this point as to the effectiveness of the drug.

Drawbacks

Like any prescription drug, Acyclovir has known side effects that you would not find with the use of a natural substance. The list of potential side effects listed with the FDA is so long I can’t even include it here. It is unlikely that you will experience any or even some of these side effects but the increased risk should give you a reason to think twice before going the traditional route. In addition to the side effects, there is mounting evidence that long term use of the drug could lead to resistant strains of the herpes virus.

Conclusion

It is hard to argue with decades of scientific research into the treatment of herpes. As I said, this is the tired and trusted treatment for both symptoms of HSV-1 and the virus itself. There is a lot of evidence showing the effectiveness of this product that you will not find with any other treatment. Weigh the financial and health risks and benefits carefully before deciding.

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