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If you've used Acyclovir, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: What is Acyclovir used for?
Date: 9/19/2011
I wanted to know if Acyclovir be used for other types of viruses beside Hepes. Is it also used for break outs of sever hives which I suffer from. Thank You.

AskDocWeb: Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. Illnesses caused by herpes viruses include genital herpes, cold sores around the mouth (herpes simplex), shingles (caused by herpes zoster), and chicken pox. This medicine works for only one kind or group of virus infections. It will not work for hives. The main treatment for hives is an antihistamine. For that these are over-the-counter or nonprescription products like Loratadine (Claritin, Alavert) and Cetirizine (Zyrtec). There are also prescription antihistamines that include Desloratadine (Clarinex), Fexofenadine (Allegra), and Levocetirizine (Xyzal).

Subj: How long will it take to cure me?
Date: 9/21/2011
Hi, I just recently started taking 800 mg of acyclovir for my chickenpox. My doctor told me that my immune system is going down because of my type 1 diabetes and I started getting these chickenpox again. I was wondering if that is possible and also taking these dosage of acyclovir, I was wondering how long it would take to cure me? I started gtting these rashes on the side of my ribs about a week ago, and started taking the medication yesterday, so how long will usually take to cure up for a diabetic like me?

AskDocWeb: Hello Eddy, we've got some bad news and some good news. When the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster) reactivates after the initial outbreak has cleared up it is no longer called chickenpox. It's called shingles, and right now there is no cure. However, there are treatments and Acyclovir is a good one. It aids the body's immune system in fighting off the infection, which shortens healing time. The worst of the pain typically subsides in 5 to 7 days in those without diabetes but it may take 2 to 4 weeks to completely clear up.

Subj: Can Acyclovir cause bone loss?
Date: 10/3/2011
My doctor prescribed a preventative dosage of acyclovir for my cold sores. My 8 yr old granddaughter gets regular coldsores so I told her to ask her doctor about taking acyclovir but her doctor told her it can cause bone loss. Is this true?

AskDocWeb: If it does that is news to us. Here is a partial list of drugs that have been associated with bone loss. You will notice that Acyclovir and other antivirals are not listed with drugs that cause bone loss.
  • Antacids that contain aluminum
  • Anticoagulants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-HIV medications
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Barbiturates, phenytoin and some other enzyme-inducing anti-epileptics
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Coumarin
  • Diuretics
  • Drugs that lower the production of testosterone and estrogen
  • Heparin
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Lithium
  • L-Thyroxine
  • Pioglitazone
  • Prednisone
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)
  • Rosiglitazone
  • Steroids
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Warfarin
While this list might be alarming if you are taking one of these drugs, it is best to talk to your doctor about the hazards involved. Osteoporosis is a disease that's hard to deal with - and so are the adverse effects of some of its treatments, most notably Fosamax. A considerable number of people claim to have been injured by Fosamax and are now working on a lawsuit against its manufacturer, Merck.

Note that taking too much vitamin A supplement could also cause bone loss.

Subj: Acyclovir for meningitis?
Date: 10/6/2011
I have been dating a 29-year old female for over a year and just found out she is taking acyclovir. I know she had meningitis in the SUmmer of 2010 (we were not dating then) and she said the doctors could not tell what triggered the meningitis. As a precaution, she said they put her on daily Acyclovir.

I have recently donated bone marrow and I went through several batteries of tests for any infectious diseases and was negative. Should I believe her about the medication? Would a doctor prescribe Acyclovir when they are not sure is she has herpes? She says there have never been any outbreaks, blisters, etc ever and I have certaily not seen any. Can you advise on this? We are thinking of having a child and if she has herpes, I certainly want to know. Thanks.

AskDocWeb: Health conditions that may impact your future are certainly things that most people would want to know before starting a family. For advice you can ask an online Doctor. However, we can tell you that in many cases the causative organism for meningitis cannot be identified. Acyclovir is often initiated based on the possibility that an Acyclovir-sensitive virus might be the cause of the infection.

Subj: 7 months pregnant
Date: 10/6/2011
Hi, I've been taking acyclovir for a little over a month now for my mild cold sore (herpes) and I am currently 7 months pregnant. I am wondering if I should continue taking it after I run out? The doctor that prescribe me this don't know what she's doing. She prescribe this pill to me without knowing my records first and I can't get a hold of her. Will it worsen the herpes virus if I don't do refill and continue taking it? Will it harm my baby? Please help.

AskDocWeb: The Centers for Disease Control (or CDC) does not recommend the use of acyclovir during pregnancy for non-life-threatening infections or for suppressive therapy.

The FDA has assigned acyclovir to pregnancy category B. That means animal studies have not indicated teratogenic effects, however, adequate, well-controlled studies about the use of acyclovir among pregnant women have not been conducted. Acyclovir is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk. You need a doctor to evaluate your personal situation to find out if using Acyclovir is appropriate for you or not. If you have doubts about the competence of your doctor to do that, that's reason enough to find a new one.

Subj: Thrush and Acyclovir
Date: 10/6/2011
I have been taking Acyclovir for suppressive therapy of genital herpes. 400mg in the morning and 400mg at night. After a few weeks of doing this I got thrush and went to the doctor and she said it could be caused from starting suppressive therapy of acyclovir. Is this true?

AskDocWeb: In order for a thrush infection to occur the fungus candida must be present. However, if it is present then using Acyclovir seems to stimulate flare-ups in some people. Here is a list of "some" of the causes or triggers for thrush.
  • Accelerated hypertension
  • ACE Inhibitors
  • Acetazolamide
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Infant
  • Acyclovir
  • Alcock syndrome
  • Anal atresia
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anemic (hematuria syndrome)
  • Antepartum Eclampsia
  • Antibiotics
  • Anuria
  • Aortic arches defect
  • Autoimmune Vasculitis
  • Azotemia, familial
  • Benign Prostate Hyperplasia
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bright's Disease
  • Brown snake poisoning
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Bunyavirus
  • Burns
  • Bywaters' syndrome
  • Campylobacter food poisoning
  • Candidiasis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cast syndrome
  • Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Cervical ribs,
  • Chemical poisoning from Arsine, Boric Acid, Chlorate salts, Chloromethane, Ethylene Glycol, Gasoline, Glyphosate, hair bleach, hair dye, mouth wash, polyethylene glycol, and Solder.
  • Cholera
  • Chromosome 19p duplication syndrome
  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease
  • Cipro
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Colchicine poisoning
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Congestive cardiac failure
  • Cystine stone
  • Decreased cardiac output
  • Decreased urine stream
  • Defibrination syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Demeclocycline
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilutional hyponatremia
  • Doxycycline
  • D-plus hemolytic uremic syndrome (D+HUS)
  • Eclampsia
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Enteritis
  • Eugenol oil poisoning
  • Fechtner syndrome
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Glomerular Disease
  • Goodpasture or Goodpasture's syndrome
  • Heart failure
  • Heat exhaustion
  • HELLP syndrome
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome 1 through 6
  • Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Herbal Agent - adverse reaction (Senna)
  • Herbal overdose (Ajuga Nipponensis Makino)
  • Herbal overdose (Autumn Crocus)
  • Hereditary amyloidosis
  • Hydronephrosis with Peculiar Facies
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum
  • Hypertension of pregnancy
  • Hypovolemia
  • Immune deficiency conditions
  • Inherited Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome
  • Injury
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Intrapartum Eclampsia
  • Inverted smile (occult nephropathic bladder)
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney stones
  • Ledermycin
  • Leukemia
  • Levofloxacin
  • Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
  • Lomefloxacin
  • Lupus
  • Malignant hypertension
  • Mayapple poisoning
  • McKusick-Kaufman syndrome
  • Meier-Blumberg-Imahorn syndrome
  • Mosse syndrome
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Munk disease
  • Myoglobinuria
  • Naked brimcap poisoning
  • Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Nephritis
  • Nephrocalcinosis
  • Nephrosis, idiopathic form, familial
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Neutropenia
  • Non-diarrheal (D-) HUS syndrome
  • Obstructive nephropathy
  • OHSS
  • Oliguria
  • Oral Contraceptives
  • Orotic aciduria hereditary
  • Oroticaciduria 1
  • Orotidylic decarboxylase deficiency
  • Oxalosis, Type I and II
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Phyllodes tumor of the prostate
  • Plant poisoning (Anthraquinone)
  • Polyarteritis nodosa
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Porphyria
  • Posterior valve, urethra
  • Postpartum Eclampsia, hemorrhage
  • Pregnancy toxemia / hypertension
  • Pregnancy
  • Primary prostate cancer
  • Prostate conditions
  • Prostatic Stromal Proliferations
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Pulmonary branches stenosis
  • Pulmonary venous hypertension
  • Q fever
  • Reflux nephropathy
  • Renal cancer
  • Renon-Delille syndrome
  • Renovascular stenosis
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Schroeder syndrome 1
  • Sea snake poisoning
  • Septic abortion
  • Septicemia
  • Sexual Activity
  • Shock, Hemorrhagic
  • Sparfloxacin
  • Spastic pelvic floor syndrome
  • Spirochetes disease
  • Sprengel anomaly
  • Staphylococcal infection
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • Surgical errors/complications
  • Systemic Capillary Leak Syndrome
  • Tight fitting clothes
  • Toxic mushrooms (orelline)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Urethral cancer
  • Urethral stricture or obstruction
  • Urinary stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Urine retention
  • Urofacial syndrome
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Vasculitis hypersensitivity
  • Vibrio infection (Vibrio alginolyticus, damsela, fluvialis, furnissii, holisae, metschnikovii, mimicus, and parahaemolyticus)
  • Vitamin C Overdose
  • Volume depletion
  • Vomiting
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Waterhouse-Friederichsen syndrome
  • Weil or Weil's syndrome
  • Woodhouse Sakati syndrome

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