Pack of aciclovir for genital herpes

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Aciclovir

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Aciclovir is a treatment for genital herpes. It is used to treat bouts and suppress recurrent bouts. To place your order, fill in our brief medical questionnaire and indicate your preferred treatment. One of our online doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.

If you have never been diagnosed with herpes, our doctor will ask you to provide a photograph of the affected area for the purpose of diagnosis.

If you are looking for oral herpes treatment please use our cold sore service.

Aciclovir - one course £20
Aciclovir - two courses £25
Three month suppression £49

Prices include prescription and delivery.

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What is aciclovir?

Aciclovir (or "acyclovir") is an antiviral medication for genital herpes. It can be taken to treat or prevent genital herpes outbreaks and is a prescription-only treatment. Although there is no cure for herpes and the virus will remain in your body, taking aciclovir can stop or reduce the unpleasant symptoms. In order to buy Aciclovir, you need a prescription. When you place an order with us, one of our doctors will review your order and issue a prescription if the medication is suitable for you.

How is aciclovir taken?

Aciclovir tablets can be taken without food but you should drink a glass of water whenever you take a tablet. You should also drink plenty of water during your treatment to minimise the risk of dehydration, as aciclovir can be harmful to the kidneys if you become dehydrated.

Which dosage do I require?

The dosage and duration of your course of aciclovir depends on whether you have herpes symptoms at the moment or whether you are being treated to prevent recurrent genital herpes outbreaks.

Dosage for an acute outbreak

If you are suffering from an acute herpes outbreak, the doctor will prescribe a 5 day course of three 400mg aciclovir tablets every day. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.

Preventative treatment

If you have had more than six genital herpes outbreaks in the last year or you are struggling with particularly severe symptoms, our doctor may recommend a preventative herpes treatment of two 400mg tablets of aciclovir per day, to be taken every day for 6-12 months. This may prevent you from getting further outbreaks.

How fast will it work?

How quickly and how well aciclovir works depends on the severity of your symptoms and how soon after you start noticing symptoms you start treatment.

It is best to start taking aciclovir as soon as you notice the first symptoms. In some cases, aciclovir will prevent the development of sores if taken before the first sores have developed.

Once the lesions have developed, aciclovir can prevent that further sores develop and help your body fight the virus. The duration of herpes bouts varies and an outbreak can last from a few days to a few weeks. You should consult a doctor as soon as you spot the signs of a beginning outbreak.

Can I have sex while taking aciclovir?

The herpes virus is particularly easily passed on during an active outbreak. You should avoid having sex until all lesions have healed completely. If you do choose to have sex in the meantime, you should use a condom. 

Using a condom will help reduce the risk of transmission. As condoms only cover the penis and leave other areas of your and your partner’s skin exposed, there is still a risk that you could transmit the virus, even when using a condom.

Once you carry the virus, there is always a risk that you could pass it on to a partner, regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms. It is best to continue using a condom once your lesions have healed to reduce the risk of transmission.

Ingredients

What is in an aciclovir tablet?

Every aciclovir tablet contains 400mg of aciclovir (the ‘active ingredient’). Additional ingredients may include lactose, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, E132, sodium starch glycollate, colloidal anhydrous silica, E172 or E460. If you think that you are allergic to any of these ingredients, consult the doctor before taking the first dose.

Depending on which brand the pharmacy dispenses, your aciclovir medication may be called Zovirax. Zovirax is a brand name of medication, which contains aciclovir.


Aciclovir is also sometimes spelled "acyclovir".

Aciclovir Side Effects

Common aciclovir side effects

  • nausea and being sick
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach pain
  • skin rashes and itching
  • dizziness
  • tiredness

Uncommon side effects

  • sensitivity to sunlight (as well as certain artificial lights and sunbeds)
  • fever

Rare side effects


  • generally feeling unwell
  • drowsiness, confusion or hallucinations
  • increase in certain liver enzymes and bilirubin (the yellow pigment found in bile)
  • kidney problems and kidney failure
  • severe skin rash with blisters, ulcers, flushing and fever
  • peeling and swelling of the skin
  • fits and reduced consciousness
  • hair loss

Very rare side effects

  • hepatitis
  • jaundice
  • changes in the numbers and types of your blood cells (anaemia, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia) which could lead to bruising, bleeding, tiredness or infections
If you experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before taking medication.

Warnings and Drug Interactions

Warnings

Depending on your general health and medical history, aciclovir tablets may not be suitable for you. Do not take aciclovir if you experience:

  • hypersensitivity to aciclovir or one of the ingredients
  • certain conditions affecting the nervous system - you should tell your doctor if you have any neurological problems
  • kidney problems

The risk of kidney problems with aciclovir is increased with dehydration, especially if you’re taking tablets which contain a high dosage. You should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Can you take aciclovir while breastfeeding?

There is only limited information on whether aciclovir is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you experience a bout of herpes during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, visit your doctor to discuss treatment options.

Drug interactions

Aciclovir tablets are known to interact with certain medications, including the following:

  • cimetidine (an antihistamine drug which is used to treat stomach acidity and peptic ulcers) and probenecid (used to treat gout)
  • theophylline (used in the treatment of asthma)
  • zidovudine (an HIV drug)
  • ciclosporin and mycophenolate mofetil (medicines affecting the immune system that are used in organ transplantation and some other conditions)
Before you begin your treatment with aciclovir, tell the doctor about any prescription and non-prescription medication that you are taking.

Can you take aciclovir with alcohol?

There is no known interaction between alcohol and aciclovir, so drinking alcohol while taking aciclovir should not affect your treatment. You may wish to avoid drinking an excessive amount of alcohol while suffering from a bout of herpes to help your body recover and fight the infection.

About Zovirax

What is Zovirax?

Zovirax is a branded medication which contains aciclovir. Zovirax tablets work in the same way as aciclovir tablets and they can be prescribed for suppression treatment or for acute episodes.

As most branded medications, Zovirax can be slightly more expensive than the generic medication. 

Superdrug Online Doctor provides the generic medication, which is dispensed by one of our pharmacies.

Zovirax tablets

Zovirax tablets are taken in the same way as aciclovir tablets. During treatment for acute symptoms you need to take three 400mg tablets a day. In order to suppress the virus, you need to take two 400mg tablets per day.

Zovirax can cause the same side effects as aciclovir.
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    Paid for express guaranteed Saturday delivery but the pharmacy forgot to dispatch in time! Therefore had to wait until Monday evening to start taking my tablets, complained on the Saturday morning as tracking details were not updating and had to wait at home until 1pm for delivery to sign for package and was then told of the problem! I had said I would be asking for delivery charge to be credited back to me and they did this, lady who was dealing with my issue via email was helpful as she could be but will be thinking twice before ordering again because of the inconvenience when it was something I needed urgently and discreetly and they didn't deliver as promised, a shame really....

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    A product I know works a lot better than coldsore creams cream. Unfortunately tablets for treating the coldsore are not available as over the counter product.

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    by , 9th Jan 2017
    Excellent Service ! I needed medication just after Christmas, called online doctor and in three hours my prescription was ready. Only slight downside is that all Superdrug pharmacy's are not set up for this so I had to travel 5 miles to collect my prescription. This might be difficult for patients without a car and having to rely on public transport to travel several miles.

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    Quick easy & helpful service, highly recommend! now I'm stocked up for months & have no embarrassment going to my gp every month thank you

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    by , 17th Nov 2016
    Yes my products were more expensive, but if you are desperate and cannot face going to the g.p this service is a must have, i was happy to pay for this service, it was quick and i picked up my item 3 hours later from my chosen superdrug.

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    Product arrived quickly and discreetly packaged. Product was effective in clearing condition and symptoms.

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    by , 27th Sep 2016
    It was so easy to find the substance I needed from the doctor and obtaining it couldn't be easier. I was reassured that the doctor checked my prescription so I knew it was safe to take. Delivery was almost instantaneous. The condition for which I received the prescription is already healing.

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    by , 26th Sep 2016
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    by , 5th Sep 2016
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    by , 25th Aug 2016
    Worked well, no side effects

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    Overpriced medication. I should have gone to my GP. 1 months supply £50? £600 a year? Come on guys....

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    Product took a long time to arrive- wasn't sent out when it said it would be. Disappointed with the service.

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    by , 30th Jun 2016
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    The product arrived safely and discreetly packaged 24 hours after ordering.

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    Very convenient to be able to place an order online and collect the next day. Quite expensive but worth it for the convenience of not having to book a GP appointment.

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    Product was available within 24 hrs - everything worked smoothly

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    services has been extemely Poor , placed the order over 2 weeks ago and i still have not received the order to date . i will be requesting a refund

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    by , 19th May 2016
    The tablets arrived quickly and intact. I took them straight away and they have had a good immediate effect in dealing with cold sores aggravated by sun and wind when out cycling for long periods.

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    Very quick and efficient service, the ordering system online is very easy to use too.

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    by , 27th Apr 2016
    Very pleased with efficient and confidential service

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    by , 22nd Apr 2016
    Great service and very speedy delivery. I felt at least 4 coldsores coming up on and around my mouth. Tingles, itching and a little sore. Took medication and not one coldsore appeared, still had tingling for a few days but it honestly worked a treat! Very happy me!!

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    by , 15th Apr 2016
    Very good product. Delivered on time and worked a treat

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    Excellent service,especially if it's a weekend and you can't get a doctor's appointment,its quick and easy,product ordered and collected within 3 hours A+

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    by , 12th Apr 2016
    All good. Delivered on time.

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    by , 7th Apr 2016
    Fantastic service. I was able to collect the very next morning . Started feeling better within a couple of days. Would definitely recommend .

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    by , 5th Apr 2016
    Cannot fault the service, from online to store when I called to check if order was in. Would use again

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    1st time used so I'll no more next time

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    by , 25th Mar 2016
    Really fast delivery and brilliant confidential service. Does exactly what it promises

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    by , 20th Mar 2016
    Genuine medication as described and delivered very quickly.

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    by , 14th Mar 2016
    Fast delivery easy to order thank you

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    This product has saved me from days if not weeks of agony.

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    1st class service every time, thank you for your fast delivery.

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    by , 26th Feb 2016
    Completed health questionnaire at about 05:30hrs, prescription was approved by 9:00 and I had the tablets the next day delivered to my local post office for collection. Really good. It takes me 2weeks to get a GP appointment normally!

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    by , 23rd Feb 2016
    Needed medication on the weekend and was pleased that the Superdrug online doctor could help and prescribe me what I needed. Fantastic service and would recommend!

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    by , 18th Feb 2016
    The service is very fast and discreet. The pharmacist will contact you personally (via email) if they have any queries and to let you know the whereabouts of your product.

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    by , 15th Feb 2016
    Great and swift service. Paid for my product the late the night before, collected the next morning. Really glad there's a service like this available; especially if you're a very busy person.

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    by , 11th Feb 2016
    Can't fault this service. Order arrived next day.

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    by , 28th Jan 2016
    Quick and convenient service

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    by , 26th Jan 2016
    An excellent service, easy to use and confidential when required.

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    by , 25th Jan 2016
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    by , 20th Jan 2016
    Fantastic service, ordered Sunday eve and had the items by Monday 10am.

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    by , 12th Jan 2016
    Very fast and efficient service. A much better way of procuring your prescription item. Will definitely use again.

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    by , 19th Dec 2015
    Super fast delivery and saved the hassle of going to the clinic! 10/10

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