What is Lovir (Acyclovir) used for?
Lovir (Acyclovir) is an oral antiviral medication prescribed to treat condition such as shingles, cold sores, or chickenpox. The medication destroys or stops the reproduction of virus cells allowing the immune system to control the infection naturally. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Lovir (Acyclovir)?
One tablet of Lovir (Acyclovir) is normally taken two to five times each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your individual directions will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Do not change the form of the tablets to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Never stop using the medicine before being instructed to as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Lovir (Acyclovir)?
Side effects that may occur while using Lovir (Acyclovir) include:
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention are easier bruising, increased bleeding, fatigue, lower back pain, or urinary retention. Contact your physician if you experience any other symptoms that are intense or worrying to ensure any necessary adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from appearing.
Lovir (Acyclovir) should not be used by patients who are allergic to acyclovir or valacyclovir. Also inform your physician if you are elderly or have decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lovir (Acyclovir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.