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Acyclovir (Generic Zovirax)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug used primarily in the treatment of herpes (including herpes simplex (HSV) and genital herpes). It has also been known to effectively treat shingles and chickenpox. While it won’t and can’t cure herpes, it has the potential to reduce the frequency and severity of herpes outbreaks.

This is an antiviral medication that falls into the class of synthetic nucleoside analogs. It’s used to treat infections that are caused by specific types of viruses.

If you are someone who experiences frequent episodes then Acyclovir can also be used to help reduce the number of episodes in the future. While it can significantly reduce the length and severity of outbreaks, it is not a cure for herpes. It effectively decreases pain and itching and helps sores heal faster and reduces the likelihood of an outbreak.

It can also help prevent and decrease the chances of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and having more serious infections.

What is Acyclovir Prescribed For?

Acyclovir is prescribed to treat the symptoms of chickenpox, shingles, and herpes. It not only treats the symptoms but is prescribed to also prevent ongoing genital herpes infections.

In addition, it treats cold sores that form around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex). It is used to decrease pain and increase the healing speed of sores.

If you’re infected with the herpes virus then this medication can work to prevent outbreaks of genital herpes in some cases. This medication might also be prescribed for other reasons and uses including to treat eczema herpeticum.

Depending on your outbreaks and how often they occur, adults and children 12 years of age and older may be directed to take 200 to 400 mg two to five times a day for five days or up to twelve months.

How Does Acyclovir Work?

What Acyclovir does is it lowers the ability of the herpes virus to multiply in your body. Its antiviral drug will treat the symptoms of your infection but keep in mind that it’s not a cure.

It’s classified as a chain terminator and functions to inhibit DNA polymerase. The intended purpose of it is to stop the spread of the herpes virus.

You may not notice a reduction in your symptoms for up to three days. The herpes virus can still live in your body even while taking Acyclovir so it’s always possible you may see symptoms pop up later after taking it.

What Are The Side Effects of Acyclovir?

While the Acyclovir tablet won’t cause you to feel drowsy, it does have some other side effects to be aware of. These side effects may or may not include:

  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea.

Other more serious side effects can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever and chills
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Skin rash
  • Skin pain
  • Itching of the genital area
  • Mood changes
  • Trouble speaking
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.

Certain medications can interact with Acyclovir, potentially increasing the risk of side effects. It’s important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you’re taking.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acyclovir

Can You Get Acyclovir Over-The-Counter (OTC)?

No. You can’t get Acyclovir or buy Acyclovir over the counter. Instead, you’ll need to make an appointment with a licensed medical professional or doctor who can prescribe the medication.

Can You Get an Acyclovir Prescription Online?

Yes, you can get a prescription for Acyclovir online.

With DrHouse, you can connect with a board-certified doctor to get a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan that may include a prescription for Acyclovir.

Your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms in order to determine if an online prescription is appropriate.

How to Take Acyclovir?

Always take this antiviral drug as directed by your doctor.

Acyclovir is available in several forms:

  • Tablets or capsules: These are taken orally, with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, it might be helpful to take them with food.
  • Suspension (liquid): If prescribed this form, shake the bottle well before each dose. Ensure you measure the dose accurately using a measuring spoon or cup.
  • Topical: Acyclovir also comes as a cream or ointment for application on the skin.

You’ll likely be asked to drink plenty of fluids while taking this prescription which can prevent dry mouth.

What to Avoid While Taking Acyclovir?

When taking Acyclovir, you should avoid the following:

  • Avoid dehydration as drinking plenty of fluids is important while taking Acyclovir. Dehydration can increase the risk of kidney side effects.
  • If you are prescribed a specific formulation of Acyclovir that is meant to dissolve in your mouth, you should avoid brushing your teeth, chewing gum, or wearing an upper denture.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption while taking Acyclovir as it will put extra strain on your kidneys and it may exacerbate the side effects of acyclovir.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should inform your doctor before taking Acyclovir.
  • Acyclovir can also interact with certain medications, so make sure to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you’re taking.

These are just some of the things to keep in mind when taking Acyclovir. To find out more, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist for further instructions and advice.

For more detailed information about Acyclovir, you can refer to the following sources:


The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.