Early treatment with IV acyclovir is recommended for infants in this exposure category who develop varicella despite VZIG prophylaxis.
However, if the case is particularly severe, the doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication such as acyclovir which, if given at the beginning of the outbreak, may help clear things up faster.
Antiviral pills such as acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir, (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) can cancel an outbreak and help prevent recurrent outbreaks.
Acyclovir (Zovirax) is the drug of choice for herpes infection and can be given intravenously or taken by mouth.
Acyclovir is effective in treating both the primary infection and recurrent outbreaks.
When taken by mouth, acyclovir reduces the frequency of herpes outbreaks.
There are no useful drugs to treat herpetic gingivostomatitis, but acyclovir is used in high-risk patients or those with a compromised immune system.
In untreated people, the rate of death is 70 percent while the mortality is 15 to 20 percent in persons who have been treated with acyclovir.
Viral encephalitis is usually treated with antiviral drugs, including acyclovir, ganciclovir, foscarnet, ribavirin, and AZT.
Viruses that respond to acyclovir include herpes simplex, the most common cause of sporadic (non-epidemic) encephalitis in the United States.
Acyclovir (Zovirax), used for treatment of diseases caused by the erpes simplex virus and herpes zoster virus.
This drug is converted to acyclovir inside the body and is more reliable for oral use.
Immunocompromised chickenpox sufferers are sometimes given an antiviral drug called acyclovir (Zovirax).
Amantadine and acyclovir may be helpful against certain viral pneumonias.
However, antiviral drugs for treating herpes viruses, including acyclovir or valacyclovir, should not be administered within 24 hours of Varivax, because these drugs can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.
"High-Dose Acyclovir May Reduce Cytomegalovirus Infection Risk."
Genital herpes: The antiviral drugs acyclovir or famciclovir can be administered to the mother during pregnancy.
Infants with suspected HSV-2 can be treated with acyclovir.
There are three drugs proven to treat genital herpes symptoms: acyclovir, sold under the brand name Zovirax, Famvir, and Valtrex.
The frequency and duration of HSV lesions can be reduced with antiviral therapy, including acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex).
The manufacturer of Acyclovir does not recommend using the drug during pregnancy, but informal statistics have been kept and data suggest that there has not been an increase in birth defects to babies born to moms who were taking it.
You should consult with a physician, who may prescribe an antiviral medication such as acyclovir to help you get rid of the cold sore.
The condition can be treated using systemic antiviral acyclovir, (Bridgett et al., 1996 ).
A viral culture swab from the vesicles will confirm the infection and then either topical or systemic acyclovir will be used as treatment.
Four patients received no therapy for herpes at any time, whereas one was treated with intravenous and oral acyclovir.
acyclovir therapy accelerates pain resolution in patients with herpes zoster: A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials.
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