What is Vectavir (Penciclovir) used for?
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Vectavir (Penciclovir) is a topical antiviral medication prescribed to treat cold sores. The cream operates by preventing the reproduction of virus cells allowing the immune system to control their spread. It should be noted that this treatment will not destroy the infection and will only be helpful for reducing the appearance of cold sores. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Vectavir (Penciclovir)?
Vectavir (Penciclovir) should be used according to your physician's instructions to get the most effective results from treatment. It is normally applied directly to the site of the cold sore at the first signs of its appearance. Clean and dry the application site before use to remove any contaminants. Leave a thin layer of medication on the area allowing the excess to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each use to prevent the cream from contacting areas not being treated or further spread of the virus. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Vectavir (Penciclovir)?
When used correctly, Vectavir (Penciclovir) will not cause side effects in most patients. Immediately tell your physician if you do experience unusual symptoms such as headaches, a mild rash, change in taste, numbness, irritation, or burning at the site of application. These side effects may require medical attention or adjustments to your regiment to prevent further problems from occurring.
Vectavir (Penciclovir) should not be used to treat genital herpes or herpes affecting the eyes. It is also important to never apply the medication to areas of skin that are broken or severely damaged.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Vectavir (Penciclovir). 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.