What Acyclovir STADA is and what it is used for
Acyclovir STADA is an anti-viral medicine.
Acyclovir STADA is used for treating frequently recurring herpes on facial skin and lips. Early treatment with Acyclovir STADA cream can prevent the full breakout of herpes. If herpes has already developed on the skin, using aciclovir cream can accelerate the healing process.
What you need to know before you use Acyclovir STADA
Do not use Acyclovir STADA
– if you are allergic to aciclovir, valaciclovir or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6);
– to prevent local irritation, Acyclovir STADA should not be applied onto mucous membranes (e.g. mouth, vaginal mucous membrane or the eye).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Acyclovir STADA. If you have severe immunodeficiency (i.e. severe immune system damage), be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning treatment
Other medicines and Acyclovir STADA
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
No interactions with any other medicines have currently been reported.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Limited experience with using aciclovir tablets during pregnancy has shown no aciclovirrelated effects on pregnancy or the health of the foetus/newborn. Acyclovir STADA can be used during pregnancy only after careful evaluation of the risks and benefits.
The amount of aciclovir absorbed into the organism after external use on healthy skin is negligible. Thus, if the mother has used Acyclovir STADA, the amount passed on to the baby while breastfeeding is low. If Acyclovir STADA is used while breast-feeding, care should be taken to prevent the baby from coming into contact with the treated areas.
Driving and using machines
No effects on the ability to drive or use machines have been reported
Acyclovir STADA contains cetyl alcohol and propylene glycol.
Cetyl alcohol may cause local skin irritation (so-called contact dermatitis). This medicine contains 150 mg of propylene glycol per gram of cream. Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.
How to use Acyclovir STADA
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is:
Apply a thin layer of cream onto the infected area of skin 5 times a day, every 4 hours.
Instructions of use
Use a cotton bud to take enough cream to cover the infected area/areas. When applying Acyclovir STADA, make sure to cover not only areas with visible symptoms of a herpes infection (blisters, swelling, redness), but also the surrounding areas. In case you use your hand(s) to apply Acyclostad STADA, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly both before and after applying the cream to prevent the infection from spreading to the damaged areas of skin (e.g. by bacteria or other micro organisms), as well as to other uninfected mucous membranes or areas of skin.
For the best results, treatment with Acyclovir STADA should begin as early as possible, i.e. as soon as you notice the first signs of herpes (burning sensation, itchiness, discomfort, redness). If the blisters have already scabbed or healed, anti-viral treatment with Acyclovir STADA will no longer have any effect.
Duration of use
The treatment usually lasts for 5 days, but the duration may vary in different individuals and the treatment may continue until the blisters have scabbed or completely healed. However, the treament should not last for longer than 10 days.
If you feel that the effect of Acyclovir STADA is too strong or too weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Acyclovir STADA
If you are unable to treat the herpes in time, do so at the first opportunity and continue the treatment as before (do not apply the cream more frequently or in a thicker layer than usual).
If you stop using Acyclovir STADA
To ensure successful treatment, it is important to use Acyclovir STADA for a sufficiently long period of time (see also: How to use Acyclovir STADA
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.