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Experienced as painful blisters around the mouth and lips, cold sores can be irritating and unsightly and affect the sufferer's confidence. There are 2 forms of herpes which are known as herpes simplex 1 and 2; cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. Due to the prevalence of this virus, usually developed in childhood when transferred from family or friends who have the virus or else via kissing as a teen, it is now estimated that around 90% of the world’s population carries one of these forms of herpes.

The virus cannot be cured, but rather it stays inactive in the body only occasionally becoming active again when an outbreak occurs which could be due to a number of reasons such as:

  • stress
  • an infection such as a cold
  • fatigue or exhaustion
  • hormonal shifts including the female monthly menstrual cycle

If you suffer from cold sores it is wise to find a treatment such as Aciclovir which can help you control the outbreak and clear it as quickly as possible, whilst also protecting the area as it heals.

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aciclovir 400mg

15 Tablets (1 outbreak treatment) £19.99
30 Tablets (2 outbreak treatment) £31.98
45 Tablets (3 outbreak treatment) £38.97
168 Tablets (3 month suppression treatment) £48.00
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How effective is Aciclovir?

Aciclovir is prescribed to help cold sores heal faster and works most effectively when used at the first sign of symptoms whereas, if used once the blisters have come out, the medication may not work as well. It is also a beneficial treatment for anyone whose herpes recurs regularly as it works well as a suppression and prevention.

The first time you use the treatment, Aciclovir may seem to work more effectively when compared to follow up treatments, but the benefits of further treatment may still be preferable for anyone who experiences more regular or longer lasting outbreaks.

Can I buy Aciclovir Online?

To purchase Aciclovir without taking the time out to visit your GP, you can fill in our brief health questionnaire which will help our doctors assess whether this is the correct treatment for you. If you are approved, you will receive a prescription and be able to buy your medication. Your prescription will then be sent out to you by next day delivery.

Why choose Aciclovir?

As the longest standing antiviral treatment for herpes, having been on the market as a topical medication since 1982 and as a pill since 1985, it has been shown to be safe to take daily for anywhere up to 10 years if needed. It has also been proven to lessen the time a patient suffers from a herpes outbreak making it a good way to deal with regular occurrences.

What is contained in Aciclovir?

The active ingredient in Acyclovir is Aciclovir PhEur.

The inactive ingredients are colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, sodium starch glycollate

How should I use Aciclovir?

Aciclovir tablets must always be taken as directed by your doctor and if you feel uncertain how best to take them then you can book a free appointment with a Click Pharmacy expert who can assist you. The dose will be different for different people and depending on the reason you are using it for example, for treatment or prevention.

For cold sores, the usual dosage is as follows:

Treatment: 5 times a day every 4 hours for 5 to 10 days

Prevention: 4 times a day every 6 hours for up to a year as directed by your doctor

The tablets should be taken with water, with or without a meal and if it is too hard to swallow, it can be dissolved and stirred into water though this is not the preferred manner for taking the medication.

When taking this treatment ensure you drink plenty of water during the day to keep your kidneys working as effectively as possible. If you miss a pill then depending on how close you are to your next dose, take it as soon as you remember. Continue to take your medication until you have finished the complete prescription to ensure you get the full benefit.

How does Aciclovir work?

Aciclovir is an antiviral medication. It works specifically on infected cells and stops infections of the skin and/or mucous membrane from spreading. It reduces the severity of the virus and helps it to heal faster, decreasing pain and other side effects of a cold sore such as itching.

Aciclovir cannot kill the virus as once it is in your body it lays dormant until it reactivates, but it does help to prevent viral infections in anyone with lowered immunity or else it treats outbreaks when they occur.

How long can I take Aciclovir for?

The medication is usually taken for 5 to 10 days though if necessary it can be taken for anywhere up to 12 months if prescribed for prevention. Your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor will discuss this with you based on your health questionnaire.

What are the side effects of Aciclovir?

There can be side effects from any medication though not everyone will experience them. Common side effects with Aciclovir can include dizziness, nausea, stomach pains, diarrhoea, tiredness or headaches.

If you experience an allergic reaction to the product which can manifest as anaphylaxis including swelling of the tongue, lips or throat or difficulty swallowing and breathing, then get medical help right away and stop the medication.

Other Warnings to consider

Sensitivity to sunlight and UV light such as that found in a sunbed can occur in some instances when taking Aciclovir resulting in your skin burning more easily. As such, when using this treatment wear sunblock each day to ensure this does not occur.

Aciclovir can interact negatively with other medicines so ensure you tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication including but not limited to:

  • theophylline
  • mycophenolate mofetil
  • cimetidine
  • probenecid

If you are, or you think you may be pregnant, or you are breastfeeding then ensure you tell your doctor this information. There are limited studies done on the effects of Aciclovir in these instances so it is important to get advice on this before going ahead with the medication.

Patient Information Leaflet
Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.