Topical acyclovir is an antiviral medication for the skin. It helps reduce the severity of the herpes sores or lesion and pain by slowing down the growth of the virus and by preventing the virus from spreading. Acyclovir cream helps fight cold sores on the lips and face while acyclovir ointment helps fight genital herpes outbreak.
Acyclovir belongs to the antiviral medicines known as synthetic nucleoside analogs. It can stop the infections from spreading but it will not cure or prevent the infection. Acyclovir can only lessen the symptoms of the infection.
It is usually applied 5 times a day for 4 days. Acyclovir treatment should start as soon as the first sign of the symptoms appears such as blisters, tingling or burning sensation. Before using topical acyclovir, wash your hands thoroughly. Apply a liberal amount of acyclovir on the affected areas of the skin. Rub it gently until the cream disappears. Do not use this medication on a larger amount and longer than what is recommended. This medication comes with a label. Read the instructions properly before using this medication.
For acyclovir ointment, apply enough ointment on genital lesions every 3 hours for 7 days. Use this medication for the entire duration of your treatment.
Common side effects of topical acyclovir are:
Some serious side effects are:
This is not a complete list of side effects. In case you will experience side effects not mentioned above, contact your doctor right away.