The name of your medicine is Chemmart Aciclovir. It contains the active ingredient aciclovir.
The 200mg strength is used to:
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Aciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called "anti-virals". It works by stopping the production of the virus that causes herpes.
Aciclovir does not get rid of the virus from your body.
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
This medicine should not be used in children.
Do not take this medicine if:
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
4. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breastfeed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
5. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
6. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
7. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interact with aciclovir. These include:
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take different medicines.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with aciclovir.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may be different to the information in this leaflet.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The doses below may be lower if you have problems with your kidneys.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
Initial genital herpes
The usual dose is one 200mg tablet every four hours, while awake, for a total of five tablets daily for ten days.
Recurrent genital herpes
The usual dose is one 200mg tablet three times a day for up to six months.
One 200mg tablet every four hours, while awake, for a total of five tablets daily for five days.
The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia) for advice. Alternatively go to the Accident and Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much of this medicine, you may feel or be sick, have a headache and/or feel confused.
If you feel that your condition is not improving or is getting worse, see your doctor.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Your doctor may occasionally do tests on your blood or urine to check for side effects and see how your kidneys are working. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Genital herpes can be transmitted to your partner during sexual activity. It is important to remember that this medicine will not keep you from transmitting herpes to others.
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking aciclovir or if you have any questions or concerns.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects. You may need medical attention.
If you experience any of the following, STOP taking your medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
These are very serious side effects and you may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to aciclovir, tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or they have passed their expiry date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
Chemmart Aciclovir 200mg tablets are round, blue, flat-faced, bevel-edged tablets, engraved "APO" over "200" on one side and the other side plain.
Blister packs of 25 and 90 tablets.*
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available
Each tablet contains 200mg of aciclovir as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
The 200 mg tablets are gluten-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free of other azo dyes.
Chemmart Aciclovir 200mg tablets:
AUST R 76897.