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Aciv 200mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Aciv 200mg Tablet is an antiviral medicine. It helps in treating viral infections like herpes labialis, herpes simplex virus infections, shingles, genital herpes infection and chickenpox. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells and therefore helps in clearing the infection.

Aciv 200mg Tablet should be taken in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Dissolve it in a glass of water before taking it. It may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose. You should drink plenty of water while on treatment with this medicine as it helps to prevent dehydration and kidney damage.

Some side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache. Inform your doctor if these side effects persist for a longer duration. Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Side effects of Aciv Tablet

Common
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Photophobia

How to use Aciv Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Aciv 200mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Aciv Tablet works

Aciv 200mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Aciv 200mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Aciv 200mg Tablet is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Aciv 200mg Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
SAFE
Aciv 200mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Aciv 200mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Aciv 200mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
It is advisable to drink plenty of water while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Aciv 200mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Aciv 200mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Aciv Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Aciv 200mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
  • Drink plenty of water while on treatment with this medicine. This helps to prevent dehydration and kidney damage.
  • If you have genital herpes, use barrier methods (condoms) for contraception and avoid sexual contact while the sores are present.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Aciv with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Abamune, A-Bec, Virol
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Brand(s): Adesera, Adheb, Adfovir
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Brand(s): Dinex EC, Dinosin, Virosine DR
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Brand(s): Entehep
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Patient Concerns

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Problem of Shingles/Herpes/ringworm on testicles and penis.
Dr. Saurav Arora
Homeopathy
Dear sir your problem can surely be treated with homeopathy but as your case is a chronic case it requires long case taking, examination and regular follow up, therefore, please visit a homeopath so that he can examine you and guide you accordingly.
Problems of Shingles/Herpes/ringworm on testicles and penis.
Dr. Atula Gupta
Skin Specialist
Please send pictures to diagnose the condition properly
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FAQs

Q. Will I get cured after taking Aciv for shingles?

Aciv is an antiviral medicine effective against herpes simplex and varicella zoster viruses. It does not cure infections caused by these viruses but helps to minimize the symptoms and shorten the duration of infection. It does not remove the viruses from the body but prevents the viruses from dividing and spreading.

Q. Does Aciv prevent transmission of infection to others?

No, you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with Aciv. Herpes infections are contagious, so avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Avoid touching your eyes after touching an infected area. Wash your hands frequently to prevent transmitting the infection to others. You should practice safe sex by using condoms. You should not have sex if you have genital sores or blisters.

Q. What are the serious side effects of Aciv?

Serious side effects are rare, but if you experience them, you should seek medical advice right away. These rare side effects include hives, blistering or peeling rash, yellow skin or eyes, unusual bruising or bleeding, loss of consciousness, fits, difficulty in breathing, hallucinations and swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat.

Q. Do elderly patients need to be more careful while taking Aciv?

Older adults (over age 65 years) tend to experience more side effects when taking Aciv. The reason being, their kidneys do not flush the drug out of their system as quickly as a younger person’s kidneys would do. Elderly patients should drink plenty of water while taking Aciv, and their kidney function should be monitored. These patients should be given a lower dose and should be monitored for neurological problems.

Q. What can happen if somebody takes more than the recommended dose of Aciv accidentally?

Accidental, repeated overdoses of oral Aciv over several days have resulted in nausea, vomiting, confusion and headache. Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

Q. Can I get resistant to Aciv treatment?

Patients with advanced HIV disease or patients with an impaired immunity have reported resistance to Aciv. If you are not responding to Aciv, possibility of drug resistance should be checked.

Q. Is hair loss caused due to Aciv permanent?

Hair loss is an uncommon side effect of Aciv. It stops when the medicine is discontinued.

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