Q. Will I get cured after taking Acilowir 800mg Tablet for shingles?
Acilowir 800mg Tablet 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 Acilowir 800mg Tablet prevent transmission of infection to others?
No, you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with Acilowir 800mg Tablet. 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 Acilowir 800mg Tablet?
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 Acilowir 800mg Tablet?
Older adults (over age 65 years) tend to experience more side effects when taking Acilowir 800mg Tablet. 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 Acilowir 800mg Tablet, 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 Acilowir 800mg Tablet accidentally?
Accidental, repeated overdoses of oral Acilowir 800mg Tablet over several days have resulted in nausea, vomiting, confusion and headache. Consult your doctor in case of overdose.
Q. Can I get resistant to Acilowir 800mg Tablet treatment?
Patients with advanced HIV disease or patients with an impaired immunity have reported resistance to Acilowir 800mg Tablet. If you are not responding to Acilowir 800mg Tablet, the possibility of drug resistance should be checked.
Q. Is hair loss caused due to Acilowir 800mg Tablet permanent?
Hair loss is an uncommon side effect of Acilowir 800mg Tablet. It stops when the medicine is discontinued.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 3rd Aug 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.