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Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT

Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT

Manufacturer: Cipla Ltd
Medicine composition: Aciclovir
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT, an anti-viral drug, prevents the growth of the virus by attacking the infected cells. Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT is used to treat a number of viral infections such as-

  • Herpes- In case of treatment, a dosage of 200mg is given to be taken 5 time daily, at an interval of 4 hours for a period of 5 days. For prevention of herpes, 200mg is prescribed to be taken 4 times a daily, after every 6 hours for a period of 6 to 12 months.
  • Chicken pox
  • shingles- In case of treatment, a dosage of 800mg is given to be taken 5 time daily, at an interval of 4 hours daily for a week.

It is best that you avoid taking Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT if you allergic to the drug or any ingredients in it. Special care should be taken if you are on Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT and suffer from other health issues like kidney problems, abnormalities of the nervous system or taking various other drugs. Inform you doctor if you are on medication that treats gout, asthma, peptic ulcers or if you are taking an immunosuppressant. In this case he will prescribe Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT only if it is safe for you. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should take medical advice before they start taking Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT, to ensure if the drug is safe for their child or not.

Take the drug as per specific directions of your medical practitioner. Available in tablet form, Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT can be taken before or with a meal. If you cannot swallow the tablet whole, disperse it in water, stir and drink.

You should be aware of some of the side effects that you may suffer from while taking this medicine. Dizziness, diarrhea, rashes, headache, weakness and light sensitivity are some common side effects and gradually disappear. Some of the more serious side effects are- allergic reactions, hives, and loss of hair and development of hepatitis. Get in touch with your doctor if your side effects do not go away.

Herpes Zoster Infections
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT is used in the treatment of herpes zoster infection which is a viral infection caused by varicella-zoster virus.
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT is used in the treatment of genital herpes which is a sexually transmitted viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus.
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT is used in the treatment of chicken pox which is a viral infection caused by varicella-zoster virus.
If you have a known allergy to Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT or any other medicine belongs to the class anti-herpes virals.
In addition to its intended effect, Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Swelling and redness at the injection site Major Common
Abdominal pain Major Less Common
Increased thirst Major Less Common
Loss of appetite Major Less Common
Unusual tiredness and weakness Major Less Common
Black or tarry stools Major Rare
Fever with chills Major Rare
Seizures Major Rare
Unusual bleeding Major Rare
Diarrhea Minor Less Common
Headache Minor Less Common
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 9 to 12 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 1.5 to 2 hours after an oral dose and 2 hours after an intravenous dose.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is recommended for pregnant women. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit tendencies have been reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is excreted through the breastmilk. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine. Monitoring of any undesired effects is necessary.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT, and hence can be used as its substitute.
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Missed Dose instructions
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
Overdose instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Impaired kidney function Major
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT should be used with caution in the patients with the pre-existing kidney injury. Inform the doctor if you experience any symptoms of sudden weight gain, changes in the frequency of urination. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Neurological disorder Moderate
Use of high-dose intravenous Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT may increase the risk of neurotoxicity, especially in the elderly population with a neurological disorder, kidney or liver injury. Inform the doctor if you experience any symptoms of tremors, confusion, and seizures. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Phenytoin Moderate
The desired effect of phenytoin may not be achieved if taken with Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT. Inform the doctor if you are receiving phenytoin or if you have a history of seizures. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Tacrolimus Major
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT may increase the risk of kidney injury when taken with tacrolimus or any other medicines that cause kidney injury. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary. Inform the doctor if you experience any symptoms such as sudden weight gain, changes in the frequency of the urination. Dose adjustments or an alternate treatment is considered based on the clinical condition.
Sulfasalazine Moderate
Acivir 400 MG Tablet DT may increase the risk of kidney injury when taken with sulfasalazine or any other medicines that cause kidney injury. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary. Inform the doctor if you experience any symptoms such as sudden weight gain, changes in the frequency of the urination. Dose adjustments or an alternate treatment is considered based on the clinical condition.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from herpes HSV TYPE 2 since 2013. Now I am pregnant for 6 months and I am 33 year old. Is it safe to take acivir 400 during pregnancy and also suggest a cream for that.

MBBS
General Physician, Chandigarh
I am suffering from herpes HSV TYPE 2 since 2013. Now I am pregnant for 6 months and I am 33 year old. Is it safe to ...
You just use lobate s cream and avoid acivir if you recover with that it will be better as a matter of fact if you keep your wound clean and dry and stay in cool atmosphere then even that cream is not required as it heals on its own in about two weeks.

I have chicken pox since 5 days, rushed to Dr. He had given me acivir 400 qid for 5 days I want to know that how many days will be taken to total resolve problems and scare of that how will get rid, please tell me detail. Thanks.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), PG Dip Panchakarma, PG Dip Ksharsutra For Piles, Pilonidal, Sinus & Fistula Management, Post Graduate Diploma In Hospital Administration (PGDHA), Certificate In Diabetes Update
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
I have chicken pox since 5 days, rushed to Dr. He had given me acivir 400 qid for 5 days I want to know that how many...
Usually any viral infection sucks 7 days according to your immune system, if not catches secondary infection. Have faith in your Dr. Have Paripathadi kadha 20 ml for next 21-60 days twice to flush reicedue effects.

I am suffering from disease called herpes, it's very itching and painful, I have taken some medicine for three day's, but it spread nearby, please suggest me the solution of this disease, I applying a cream on it (acivir), but it's not affective, help me to get rid of this. Itching and pain. Thanks.

MBBS, PG Diploma in HIV Medicine
General Physician,
I am suffering from disease called herpes, it's very itching and painful, I have taken some medicine for three day's,...
Hello Mr. lybrate-user. You have not mentioned the drug you have taken for 3 days and is there any ulceration. For Spreading or ulcerative lesions topical acivir is not sufficient and you require systemic drug. You must take Oral Aciclovir 800 mg tablet 5 times a day for both cure and to prevent recurrence for 10-14 days. Take plenty of water as aciclovir is capable of causing kidney stones. But consult a physician for exact diagnosis and management. Herpes is uncommon in adults. And represents stressful life style and some underlying immune related disease. Try to do some physical and stress relieving exercises. If there is recurrence you need to test further for proper treatment. Please contact if still need further assistance.
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