Herpex 5% Cream
Herpex 5% Cream, an anti-viral drug, prevents the growth of the virus by attacking the infected cells. Herpex 5% Cream 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 Herpex 5% Cream if you allergic to the drug or any ingredients in it. Special care should be taken if you are on Herpex 5% Cream 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:
In this case he will prescribe Herpex 5% Cream only if it is safe for you. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should take medical advice before they start taking Herpex 5% Cream, 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, Herpex 5% Cream 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.
This medication is primarily prescribed to treat the following conditions:
Herpes Zoster InfectionsHerpex 5% Cream is used in the treatment of herpes zoster infection which is a viral infection caused by varicella-zoster virus.
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.
Does this affect kidney function?Caution must be taken in patients with kidney disease. Adjustment of dose is needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Does this affect liver function?Limited information is available regarding its use in patients with liver disease. Adjustment of dose might not be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Missed Dose instructionsTake 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 instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
It works by inhibiting the viral DNA synthesis by inhibiting the DNA polymerase enzyme and thus inhibits the multiplication of the virus.
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 Alcohol
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Interaction with Medicine
PhenytoinThe desired effect of phenytoin may not be achieved if taken with Herpex 5% Cream. 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.
TacrolimusHerpex 5% Cream 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.
SulfasalazineHerpex 5% Cream 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.
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Interaction with Disease
- Use with caution in patients with pre-existing renal disease or in those receiving other nephrotoxic drugs concurrently. Maintain adequate urine output during the first 2 hours after I.V. infusion.
- Use with caution in patients with underlying neurologic abnormalities, serious hepatic or electrolyte abnormalities, or substantial hypoxia.
- Use with caution in immunocompromised patients; thrombocytopenic purpura/hemolytic uremic syndrome (TTP/HUS) has been reported
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