Acivir® Cream is a type of antiviral cream that is used in the treatment of cold sores or blisters caused by herpes. It helps to hasten the healing of sores and reduce symptoms such as burning or itching.
This drug helps to stop the growth of the virus, however it will not cure herpes nor will it prevent the transmission of the infection to somebody else.
Acivir® Cream may sometimes be used to treat genital herpes, however it is believed that there are other drugs available which are more effective for treating genital herpes.
Generic name of Acivir® Cream is Acyclovir.
Acivir® Cream is available in:
- 20% 5 g Min Dosage
Acivir® Cream should be used at the first sign of infection.
If used to treat cold sores, Acivir® Cream is usually applied 5 times per day, every 3 to 4 hours, for 4 days, unless directed otherwise by your physician.
Squeeze enough cream for a thin layer onto the skin area you wish to treat, and then gently massage it into your skin. Always wash your hands well and dry, both before and after applying Acivir® Cream.
Acivir® Cream should be applied to the skin only, and never to the eyes, inside the nose, mouth or vagina. If any cream gets in these areas, you should wash it with water.
Patients using Acivir® Cream to treat genital herpes are advised to wear rubber gloves when applying it, so as to avoid spreading the infection.
If you want to achieve most effective results do not stop taking Acivir® Cream suddenly.
Missing a dose
If you miss a dose of Acivir® Cream and you still have a headache, follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Do not take Acivir® Cream more often than prescribed. Do not take 2 doses at once.
If you overdose Acivir® Cream and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Store at a room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and sunlight. Keep in a tightly closed container. Throw away the after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.