Acivir treats herpes infections of skin around eyes.
How To Use:
Acivir topical is generally applied six times a day with 3 hour intervals between the doses, for a week. Start the treatment as soon as you notice the first signs (e.g. tingling, burning, and blisters). Enough cream should be applied to cover the lesion(s) completely. A one half inch ribbon of cream covers about 4 square inches of surface area. To avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and to other people it is best to use an applicator (e.g. cotton swab) when applying Acivir. You can also wear a glove or finger cot when applying the medication. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying Acivir. Avoid getting the cream in the eyes. Take Acivir exactly as prescribed by your doctor, do not stop using this medication without your doctor`s approval even if you feel better. Your symptoms may start to go away, even though the infection is not completely treated. Lesions caused by herpes viruses should be kept clean and dry.
Warnings and Precautions:
Notify your doctor of your medical history and of any other medicines that you are taking. Acivir topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C, which means that studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women, or studies in women and animals are not available. Also it is not known if Acivir passes into breast milk. Therefore, do not use Acivir without your doctor`s approval if you are pregnant, likely to become pregnant or breast feeding.
If you miss a dose, apply Acivir as soon as you remember and apply next doses at your regular interval (for example, every 3 hours) until you go to bed. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and carry on your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up the dose to make up for a missed one.
Some of the Possible Side Effects are– itching, stinging, burning, or a rash. These side effects are most likely to go away by them selves, however, contact your doctor if you experience these conditions. You should seek medical attention immediately if an allergic reaction is suspected (difficulty breathing, rash, itching, swelling of your lips/ tongue/ face or hives).
If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately.