Aciclovir is an antiviral cream used to treat herpes simplex. Herpes simplex virus or HSV for short is a highly contagious virus that once contracted, usually before the age of 10, lies inactive within the body. HSV can then become active from time to time, usually if you are run down. HSV is very common it is believed that 7 in 10 people carry the virus but for some people it might remain inactive.
Aciclovir works by preventing the virus from multiplying and spreading so helping the immune system to fight it off. This means it will help the healing process of current sores and prevent new ones from developing. Aciclovir will not eliminate the herpes simplex virus or prevent future outbreaks of cold sores occurring. It also won’t stop you spreading the virus to others.
Before using Aciclovir cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Aciclovir cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Do NOT use Aciclovir Cream
Using Aciclovir cream:
Do not use more than the recommended dose
The active ingredient is Aciclovir. Each gram of the cream contains 50mg of Aciclovir. The other ingredients are stearoyl macrogolglycerides, dimeticone, cetyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propylene glycol and purified water
Take special care with Aciclovir cream
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Side effects when using
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Stop using
the medicine and tell your doctor if you experience:
The following side effects could also occur:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
What is a cold sore? A cold sore is a small, painful fluid filled blister or cluster of blisters. A cold sore usually appears on the edges of the lip where it joins the surrounding skin but can sometimes also be found in the nostrils or on the nose. You usually get the virus for […]