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Acyclovir is used in the treatment of eye infections by herpes simplex virus

How it works

Acyclovir prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. Thus stops the virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Itching, Rash, Fatigue, Photosensitivity, Fever, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated while taking acyclovir.
If  you have genital herpes it can spread through sexual contact even if you don't have blisters or other symptoms and possibly even if you are taking acyclovir. Take your doctor's advice on necessary precautions 
  • Do not drive or operate machines if you feel drowsy after taking acyclovir
  • Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you are breast-feeding
  • Take acyclovir as directed by your doctor during pregnancy to prevent genital herpes blisters. The infection may be passed on to the baby during childbirth if you develop genital blisters.
Do consult your doctor before taking acyclovir if you have,
  • Kidney problems 
  • Elderly
  • Weak immune system (immunocompromised)
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nervous disorder
  • Abnormal levels of salts (electrolytes) in blood

Frequently asked questions



Is dydrogesterone same as progesterone?
No. Dydrogesterone is an artificially synthesized drug which is very similar to the naturally produced female hormone progesterone. Its action in the body is closely related to progesterone


Is dydrogesterone safe?
Yes. Dydrogesterone is safe if used at the prescribed does for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor


Is dydrogesterone banned in USA?
No dydrogesterone is not banned by the US FDA (US- Food and Drug Administration)

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Is dydrogesterone a steroid?
Yes. Dydrogesterone has steroidal chemical structure which is very similar to the naturally produced steroidal female hormone progesterone


Dydrogesterone is used for?
Dydrogesterone is used to treat conditions associated with low levels of female hormone progesterone. It may also be used in combination with estrogen drugs as a hormone replacement therapy in females at menopause (the time in a woman's life when her menstrual periods stop)


Does dydrogesterone delay periods?
Yes. Delayed, irregular, painful and heavy menstrual periods are among the common side effects of dydrogesterone


How does dydrogesterone work?
Dydrogesterone works by replacing female hormone progesterone in conditions where the body fails to produce sufficient amounts.

Content on this page was last updated on 15 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)