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Aciclovir Cold Sore Tablets
If you suffer from cold sores and are tired of waiting for your symptoms to clear. Aciclovir tablets work quickly to stop the virus in its tracks leaving you free from irritation, blisters and crusting within 7 days.
Get your prescription of Aciclovir from The Independent Pharmacy today when you complete our short online consultation with our medical team. In just a few steps you can get your treatment delivered discreetly and conveniently to you at home.
Aciclovir for Cold Sores Information
What is Aciclovir?
Aciclovir is categorised as an antiviral medicine that is highly effective at targeting the herpes simplex virus that is responsible for causing cold sores.
These tablets can be taken as soon as tingling, itching or burning starts, which indicates you are developing a cold sore. Taking Aciclovir 5 times a day for up to 7 days has been clinically proven to speed up healing, decrease the severity in which you are affected and even prevent breakouts.
What is Aciclovir used for?
Aciclovir tablets are one of the leading treatments for symptoms of cold sores. They can also be used to treat the herpes simplex virus that causes genital herpes. We also supply Aciclovir to treat genital herpes.
What are cold sores?
A cold sore typically starts as a tingling, burning sensation somewhere around the mouth. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which is a similar strain of the virus that causes genital herpes and the herpes zoster virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.
As symptoms of cold sores progress, they commonly appear as clusters of small, fluid-filled blisters that burst and become dry and crusty. Cold sores are very contagious from the moment you feel the telltale tingling sensation. Without treatment, most outbreaks will clear within 10 days.
Aciclovir can help to clear up cold sores more quickly, with noticeable results within 5 - 7 days. For the best results, when using this treatment it should be taken as soon as you feel an outbreak coming on. Taking painkillers and drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids can also help to make you feel more comfortable.
How does Aciclovir work?
Aciclovir helps to prevent the herpes simplex virus growing and spreading. It does not kill the virus but aids your body’s immune system to fight off the infection, clearing your cold sores.
There is currently no treatment that can permanently kill the virus within your body. Once you have become infected with the herpes simplex virus, the virus will always be present in your body even if you do not have a visible cold sore at the time.
Aciclovir dosage for Cold Sores
Begin taking Aciclovir 400mg tablets as soon as you notice symptoms of the herpes virus (cold sores), which include visible blisters and a burning sensation.
Each tablet is 400mg – take one tablet three times a day for five days, or for as long as is prescribed. If you are taking Aciclovir to prevent future recurrences of herpes (cold sores), you will likely be prescribed two tablets per day for a period of three to six months.
Swallow each tablet whole with a sip of water. Aciclovir can be taken with or without food.
The active ingredient contained in Aciclovir tablets is:
Aciclovir tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate, E172, E460.
Aciclovir side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Aciclovir, however, if you do they may include:
Dizziness, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, allergic reaction, rash, stomach pain, fatigue, fever, heightened sensitivity to light
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Read more about Aciclovir side effects here.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Before you take Aciclovir, inform your doctor of any kidney problems or nervous system abnormalities. Remain fully hydrated while taking Aciclovir will minimise the effect on the kidneys.
Inform your doctor of any medicines you are taking or intend to take, especially:
- Cimetidine (for peptic ulcers)
- Probenecid (for gout)
- Mycophenolate mofetil
- Ciclosporin (an immunosuppressant)
- Theophylline (for asthma)
- Zidovudine (for HIV infections)
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine.
Whilst alcohol is not prohibited whilst taking this medication, it is important to limit consumption to allow the medication to work properly. Take a look at our Aciclovir tablets and alcohol page for further information.