ABOUT THE DRUG:
The main active ingredient Acyclovir is a synthetic nucleoside analogue, used actively against herpes viruses. This Ocuvir 200 is quite effective to reduce the discomfort and severity of cold sores, also called fever blisters found on lips and face, caused by Herpes Simplex virus infection.
USES OF THE DRUG:
Cold sores are the infections caused by herpes simplex virus. In this infection fluid filled blister are formed on the various areas of face, body and also on the mucous membrane. These blisters leave the area red and swollen. The blisters usually heal in a few weeks but they can reappear.
Genital herpes are the infection passed down during sexual intercourse from one infected partner to the other. These sores can be found on the membranes of the genitals and sometimes around the opening of rectum.
WORKING OF THE DRUG:
Acyclovir directly attacks the replication mechanism of the virus. Thus the virus is not able to replicate or multiply.
The replication mechanism requires DNA polymerase for its optimum activity, but the herpes works by blocking the DNA polymerases and hence replication of the virus. This controls the infection and helps the immune system to deal with it. Eventually your immune system will kick in to kill the virus and the cold sore will form a scab as it heals
DOSAGE FORM AND STRENGTHS:
This drug is available in the Ocuvir 200 form in the following strength on our website:
Ocuvir 200 dispersible tablets 200 mg
Ocuvir 200 dispersible tablets 400 mg
Ocuvir 200 dispersible tablets 800 mg
DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG IF YOU:
Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Are pregnant to prevent the spread of infection to the unborn baby.
Are breastfeeding or planning to breast feed
Have any other kind of skin infections/ rashes or eczema
HOW MUCH TO TAKE THE DRUG?
The dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly.
HOW TO TAKE THE DRUG?
Ocuvir 200 comes as dispersible tablet and is taken orally. Place the tablet in a glass of water/juice and let it disperse or dissolve in the liquid. you can also use spoon to dissolve.
Follow the directions given by the doctor on your prescription carefully and take is exactly as directed by the doctor. Do not take more or less than the prescription.
Ocuvir 200 tablet can be taken with or without food. Discuss the time of the day the drug should be taken with your doctor and take the tablet as prescribed by him.
Take the dose at the correct time and that too the correct quantity because the improvement of the condition of the patient depends upon the correct dose taken at correct time.
FOR HOW LONG TO TAKE?
Continue Ocuvir 200 as long as doctor prescribes and if the cold sore does not heal after this time, treatment may continue for up to a further five days. If you are not fully recovered even after 10 days or if your cold sore has become very severe, consult your doctor.
If you feel any alarming symptoms then immediately consult the doctor about this drug and its possible side effects of over dosage. If the situation worsens then visit the nearest healthcare center or call the emergency helpline number.
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
SIDE EFFECTS OF OCUVIR DT 200MG:
Unexplained weight loss
Skin rashes, hives and itching
COMMON DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and can worsen the situation. Your doctor is fully aware of the drug to be avoided. Also tell him about the herbal or OTC medicine that you are taking or you have been taking. Never start a new medicine without the information of doctor.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Avoid touching the sores unnecessarily
Keep regular contact with your doctor in case of emergency