What is Aciclovir cream?
Aciclovir cream contains an active ingredient of the same name: aciclovir. It is an antiviral medicine that is used to treat skin infections with the herpes simplex virus, for example cold sores. Aciclovir works by stopping the herpes simplex virus from reproducing and infecting more cells.
What is Aciclovir cream used for?
Aciclovir cream is used to treat cold sores. Cold sores are a very common illness caused by the herpes simplex virus and are characterised by:
- Tender, burning or tingling areas on or around the lips that develop into groups of fluid-filled blisters and sores.
- The sores become covered by scabs that, typically, fall off after about 10 days.
Aciclovir slows down the growth of the virus, thereby supporting the healing process. It also provides short-term relief from symptoms such as itching and pain.
How to use Aciclovir cream
This medicine is for topical use on the skin only. The cream should be applied thinly to the affected areas. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth and mucous membranes. Use the cream only on normal skin. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream. The herpes simplex virus is very contagious, so make sure you observe very good hygiene.
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, adults and children should use Aciclovir cream as soon as the first signs of the infection (itching, pain or a tingling sensation) begin to appear. The cream should be applied thinly to affected area(s) no more than five times a day at four-hourly intervals. It is not necessary to apply the cream at night. This product should be used for at least four consecutive days, even if the symptoms have disappeared. If the infection has not cleared up after 10 days of treatment with this cream you should consult the doctor.
Aciclovir cream can cause side effects, including:
- Temporary burning, itching or stinging at the application site;
- Dryness or flaking of the skin where the cream is applied.
For a complete list of side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Aciclovir cream
Aciclovir cream is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- you are allergic to aciclovir or any other ingredient in this medicine;
If your resistance is very low due to, for example, an illness you should consult a doctor before using Aciclovir cream. For more information, see the package leaflet.
Aciclovir cream is safe for use during pregnancy. Seek medical advice from your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.