Aciclovir Tablets

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What Is Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is an antiviral medicine, which acts on infected cells by stopping the virus growing. It is used to treat and prevent herpes simplex infections of the skin and mucous membranes e.g. genital herpes symptoms and cold sores.

The aim of the treatment is to relieve the pain, and to prevent the virus from multiplying.

  • Treatment is recommended when you have the first outbreak as this may provide some relief.
  • Treatment is usually started within five days of the start of the first outbreak and while new blisters or sores are still forming. It involves taking antiviral tablets daily (sometimes up to five times a day) for five days.
  • Some people find it helpful to take antiviral treatment when they get another outbreak of genital herpes.

How To Take


You should take ONE tablet THREE times a day for FIVE days.

With or Without Food

The tablet can be taken with or without food.

If you experience difficulty in swallowing the tablets they may be dispersed in a glass of water (at least 50ml) which should be stirred before drinking.

Take as Directed

Do NOT exceed more than directed.

Special Instructions

Follow Instructions

Always take as directed by doctor or pharmacist and read instructions accompanied with medicine.

Keep Away From Children

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.


Do not store above 30°C.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects.

Although not everybody gets them and the effects are usually mild to moderate and of a short duration.

Please ensure you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet accompanied with this treatment.

Common Side-Effects Include

  • Dizziness and Headache
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea and possible Stomach Pain

Patient Information Leaflet

We strongly advise that you carefully read the Patient Information Leaflet before you take this treatment.