Indications / Uses : Systemic and topical treatment of viral infections due to herpes simplex virus (types 1 and 2). Systemic treatment of varicella-zoster virus (zoster and chickenpox).
Administration : May be taken with or without food: May be taken w/ meals to reduce GI discomfort.
Contraindications 😕Hypersensitivity to aciclovir or ganciclovir.
Special Precautions : Dehydration or Renal Function Impairment: Intravenous aciclovir may increase the potential for nephrotoxicity; it is recommended that aciclovir be administered in a reduced dosage to patients with impaired renal function.
Neurological Abnormalities or Prior Neurologic Reactions to Cytotoxic Medications: Intravenous aciclovir may increase the potential for neurologic side effects.
Aciclovir should be used with caution for patients with renal impairment and doses should be adjusted according to creatinine clearance.
Women with herpes genitalis may have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer; annual Pap tests may be required. Check with physician if no improvement within a few days.
Use of aciclovir has not been shown to prevent the transmission of herpes simplex virus to sexual partners.