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About Acyclovir

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.

Shingles during colitis flare
Date: 9/24/2016
I got shingles during a mild colitis flare. Was pdescribed 800mg acyclovir 5x a day for 7 days. The flare was resolving but am now experiencing constipation with mild cramping more mucous in stool. Side effect or just colitis? Acyclovir ok during colitis flare?

AskDocWeb: Constipation is not one of the listed possible side effects of Acyclovir. One of the causes of constipation is not drinking enouth water. Your body needs water to keep the stools soft and get them out of the body.

Date: 10/11/2016
This drug really helps With shingles.

Thyroid nodules?
Date: 12/18/2016
Is there a correlation between having thyroid nodules and taking oral acyclovir?

AskDocWeb: Not that we have seen. There are several conditions that can cause nodules to develop in a thyroid gland:
  • Chronic inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis)
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Multinodular goiter
  • Overgrowth of normal thyroid tissue; thyroid adenoma
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid cyst (usually benign)
Salt water gargles 3 to 4 times per day regularly will provide symptom relief for some.

Side effects
Date: 12/22/2016
How long does the side effects last after stop taking Acyclovir? After taking two doses yesterday I feel extremely weak and disoriented. When I do get up my body feels very weak and light headed. I also have nausea, loss of appetite, headache, drymouth and restlessness. My doctor told me to stop using it. ThNks

AskDocWeb: The half-life of Acyclovir is about 3 hours. That's the amount of time it takes for half the drug to leave your system. If you have a healthy functioning elimination system your body will clear it to the point where it no longer has an effect within 15 hours.

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