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Acivir IV Injection

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Overview

Introduction

Acivir IV Injection 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.

Acivir IV Injection is administered as an injection by a healthcare professional. Kindly do not self administer. It is given by slow intravenous (I.V.) infusion over a 1-hour period to avoid damage to kidneys. You should drink plenty of water while on treatment with this medicine as it helps to prevent dehydration and kidney damage.

Some side effects include vomiting, nausea, and increased liver enzymes. You may also notice some injection site reactions like pain, swelling or redness. 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 Acivir Injection

Common
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Injection site reaction
  • Increased liver enzymes

How to use Acivir Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Acivir Injection works

Acivir IV Injection 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 Acivir IV Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Acivir IV Injection 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
Acivir IV Injection 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
Acivir IV Injection does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Acivir IV Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Acivir IV Injection 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
Acivir IV Injection is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Acivir IV Injection may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Acivir Injection?

If you miss a dose of Acivir IV Injection, 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.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • It is given by slow intravenous (I.V.) infusion over a 1-hour period to avoid damage to kidneys.
  • 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 Acivir with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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I have some kind of recurring infection above my lips , not painful but oozes. Thus time painful too.(Herpes???) What medicine should I take?
Dr. Atul Jain
Dermatology
It could be herpesAcivir gel at night
Please suggest some medicines of canker sores or fever blister on mustache region Tablet or ointments etc.
Dr. Atul Jain
Dermatology
This is herpes labialisPlz visit for proper treatment meanwhile apply acivir gel twice a dayPlz visit for proper treatment
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FAQs

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

Acivir 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 Acivir prevent transmission of infection to others?

No, you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with Acivir. 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 Acivir?

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 Acivir?

Older adults (over age 65 years) tend to experience more side effects when taking Acivir. 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 Acivir, 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 Acivir accidentally?

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

Q. Can I get resistant to Acivir treatment?

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

Q. Is hair loss caused due to Acivir permanent?

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

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