Acivir Cream - 5gm
|USA Brand Name||Zovirax|
What is Acivir Cream
Acivir Cream is an antiviral medicine that treats cold sores or fever blisters (Herpes Labialis).
Acyclovir is the main ingredient of Acivir cream.
It can help the sores heal faster and lessen pain (such as tingling, burning, and itching).
This is a prescription-based medication prescribed only to people with known medical conditions.
Cipla Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of Acivir 5 Cream.
Acivir Cream uses
It is prescribed mainly to treat Herpes Labialis.
Herpes Labialis, also called cold sores, is an infection due to a virus called Herpes Simplex.
This virus mostly affects the lip. Usually, a burning pain comes first, followed by small blisters or sores.
Acyclovir ointment is used to treat the first outbreaks of genital Herpes and certain sores caused by the virus in people with weak immune systems.
Working of Acivir Cream
Acivir cream contains Acyclovir, which belongs to a class of antiviral medications called Synthetic Nucleoside Analogs.
It functions by stopping the growth of the herpes virus.
Acyclovir inhibits herpesvirus DNA polymerase specifically.
This enzyme is essential for the replication of herpesviruses during the lytic phase of infection.
Thus, preventing it from spreading through the body.
Always use as your doctor suggests.
How to apply Acivir Cream
- Before and after the use of this medicine, wash your hands with soap and water
- Before putting on the medicine, clean and dry the affected area
- Apply the medicine to the sore and rub it in gently 6 times each day (every 3 to 4 hours) for at least 4 days, or as your doctor recommends
- Apply enough cream to cover all the sores and areas that are red, tingling, or burning
- Only use on skin. Do not put this medicine in your eyes, nose, mouth, or genital area. If you do get medicine in those places, use a lot of water to wash it
- Your dose will depend on your health, the type of infection, and how well you respond to treatment
- Don't take a bath, shower, or swim right after applying the medicine so that it doesn't get washed away
- Use the dose you forgot as soon as you recall
- But if your next dose is approaching, skip the one you missed and keep using your medicine as usual
- Do not put on more cream to compensate for the missed dose
Do not use more than recommended. However, consult your doctor in case of an overdose.
Strengths and Substitutes of Acivir cream
One substitute of Acivir 5 cream contains the same component, Acyclovir.
For eye infections caused by the Herpes simplex virus, you can use Acivir Eye Drop.
Side Effects Of Acivir Cream - 5gm
Side effects of the medicine include:
- Dry and chapped lips
- Burning or stinging skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Flaky dry skin
- Redness, swelling, or irritation in the place where the medication has been applied
These side effects are temporary. However, if they cause you concern, consult your doctor immediately.
Acyclovir topical might interact with certain medicines.
Consider some contraindications before using Acivir 5 cream.
- This cream does not cure cold sores or genital Herpes
- It also does not stop these conditions from coming back or from spreading to other people
- Small amounts of Acyclovir may enter breast milk. But it's unlikely that the medicine will harm a baby who is being breastfed. Consult your doctor before you start to breastfeed. If you have cold sores on or near your breast, you shouldn't breastfeed
- Store this medicine intact in a cool and dry space
- Keep it away from the reach of pets and children