Aciclovir 5% Cream

Aciclovir 5% Cream (10g)

Order before 4pm for delivery from Sat. 29 Jul.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Description for Aciclovir 5% Cream

Aciclovir 5% cream is an antiviral cream used for the treatment of recurrent cold sores. It is a generic (unbranded) version of the widely available Zovirax cream and comes in the larger 10 gram tubes. Aciclovir cream can drastically reduce the length and severity of cold sores if applied early on in an outbreak, ideally before the cold sore has come out. The larger 10g Aciclovir 5% cream is an easy and econmical way to treat recurrent cold sores.

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Aciclovir cream contains the antiviral, aciclovir. It destroys the herpes simplex virus that is responsible for causing cold sores to appear around the lips and face. If the cold sore outbreak is caught early, at the 'tingle' phase, Aciclovir cream can sometimes prevent the cold sore from coming out. In most cases, it can help a cold sore to heal within 4 - 5 days.

Recurrent cold sores often appear in the same place. The skin in this area often tingles or burns before a cold sore comes out in to a blister around the lip. Aciclovir should be applied as soon as the tingle is felt.

Aciclovir cream is suitable for ordering online if you suffer with recurrent cold sores that have been diagnosed by your doctor. It should not be used in children or to treat genital herpes. If cold sores appear around the nose or are yellow and crusty, it may be a sign of impetigo and requires treatment from your doctor.

Non-Prescription Alternatives

There are many non-prescription alternatives available for the treatment of cold sores such as;

Fenistil cream

This cream contains Penciclovir as its active ingredient, an antiviral medication, to speed up healing by stopping the virus from multiplying.

Cymex

Cymex cream helps sooth the tingling sensation and moisturize the dry cracked lips. This can help prevent the infection from spreading.

 

How to apply Aciclovir cream

Wash your hands before and after applying the cream. This prevents spreading the cold sores from spreading and helps to prevent them becoming infected.

Squeeze a small amount of cream onto your finger and gently rub into the cold sore.

Apply Aciclovir cream to the cold sore(s) FIVE times daily (roughly every four hours).

Treatment should be continued for FOUR days even if the cold sore has healed. If it has not healed, treatment can be continued for a further FIVE days. 

If your cold sore has not healed after nine days treatment with Aciclovir you should see your doctor for further advice.

Aciclovir cream is not effective if it is started more than five days after your cold sore has come out. Do not use Aciclovir cream in this situation. Always try to apply Aciclovir cream as soon as you feel a cold sore starting.

Generally poeple use Aciclovir cream without experiecing any side effects. If you do experience side effects they are likely to be mild and at the start of treatment. They can include:

  • A burning or stinging sensation after applying the cream (this will go away)
  • Drying or flaking of the skin
  • Itching
  • Redness

A small minority of people may be allergic to Aciclovir, If you have an allergic reaction the symptoms may include:

  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips and tongue
  • Rash, itching and hives
  • Unexplained fever and dizziness

If you suspect you may be having an allergic reaction to Aciclovir cream you should seek medical attention immediately.

Aciclovir cream contains aciclovir 5% as the active ingredient.

It also contains the following inactive ingredients: poloxamer 407, cetostearyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, purified water, glycerol monostearate and polyoxyethylene stearate, dimeticone 20.

You should not use Aciclovir cream if:

  • You are allergic to aciclovir or any of the ingredients.
  • You have any condition where your immune system does not work as well or your body is less able to fight infections (e.g. HIV, AIDS or you have had a bone marrow transplant).

Please be aware of the following before using Aciclovir cream:

  • Aciclovir cream is not for use inside the mouth or the vagina.
  • If cold sores have not healed after ten days, medical advice is needed.
  • Cold sores that are spreading into new areas and are very sticky or thickly crusted may be due to bacterial infection (impetigo) and require antibiotic treatment.
  • Cold sores occurring with increasing frequency may be a sign of reduced immunity for which medical advice should be sought.
  • The manufacturers of aciclovir cream advise against its use in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

 

UK ORDERS

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders can be fully tracked in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

REMOTE AREAS

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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