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Does anyone know the dosage of powdered acyclovir for a 7lb cat?  My little one, "Leroy Jethro Gibbs"  is having a pretty tough time of it and I want to help him get better soon!
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Hello and welcome!  I was just answering your PM, but wanted to check the forum to see if you'd posted here - I'm glad you did so I'll answer you here. And I'm glad I read your question again since I was responding to the dosing of L-Lysine, not Acyclovir.  

Hmm...I'm afraid I don't know about the dosing of powdered Acyclovir.  Just curious, but did you get this from your vet?  L-Lysine is much much cheaper; you can buy it at any health food store and since you run a rescue (Bless you for that!) would imagine you'll be giving it to everyone so the less expensive, the better.  We've only been given Acyclovir ointment for Jade's eyes (tiny tube was VERY expensive!) so I have no idea about powdered form, but someone else might.  If you should want to go with Lysine instead, the usual beginning dosage is 500mgs, then once the episode begins to clear up, drop down to a maintenance dose of 250mgs daily.  

Good luck and sorry I couldn't answer your original question.  
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Are you sure is not a powder for suspension or inyection, right? I've never heard of aciclovir that comes in ordinary powder formulation! The boxes usually have all the things you need to know when it comes to the use of the meds, it says the dosage and the administration route.
Anyway, if the drug was given to you by the vet, please call him and ask him exactly what you have to do. If using aciclovir was your idea, please take the animal to the vet to make sure you don't do anything harmfull for him !!! I've seen far too many cases of pets being intoxicated because the owners weren't sure of what to do and did what THEY thought was the best idea.
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merceditas...thank you for your post.  I've never heard of Acyclovir in powdered form either.  After some research, all I find are tablets, capsules or oral suspension - just like you said.

jannicat...are you sure what you have is Acyclovir??  
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Yes, it's acyclovir, I take it myself!  In fact, it's my 400mg tablets, crushed and divided into 200mg doses.  My vetsays it's the same as what he could prescribe, so to go ahead and use it.  His dosage information is considerably different from everything I have found online though. (He has not prescribed it before now.)  His information says 5-10 mg. per 7lbs body weight, and all the other sources I found, including Mercks Veterinary Manual, say 200 mg. five time a day.  If ANYBODY has used oral acyclovir for feline herpes, please send me a note or a message and let me know the dosage prescribed to you and how it worked for you?  Or any information at all?  Thanks!  BTW, Gibbs is also taking 250 mg. of L-lysine twice a day.  If anybody wants to know a great way to disguise medication so a cat will take it, let me know...
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OHHHH, I see!  I too, take Acyclovir - 400mgs.  Gosh though, that's going to get expensive giving Gibbs that 5times a day.  Just so I'm clear (because this is interesting) the Mercks Manual says 200mgs, 5times a day, but your vet says only 5-10mgs per 7lb body weight 5times a day?  I don't know if I'd chance it with such a large difference of opinion of mgs per day.  And if only 5-10mgs out of 400, you'd have to be so careful in weighing out the tablet dust...right?  

When I was searching online earlier for Acyclovir *powder*, I came across a site stating some people have given up to 1000mgs of Lysine per day without incident.  There were also alternative suggestions besides Lysine, but I didn't write anything down since I was concentrating on Acyclovir. Maybe just up the Lysine?  Your poor boy.  If the Lysine isn't helping and you need to ADD the Acyclovir, he must really be having a hard time.  I'm so sorry.  Jade's had some pretty severe incidents herself.

Best of luck to you in your search!

Nah, cats are so easy to medicate, we don't need to know an easier way.  Of COURSE we want to know!!!! Lol...

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Just wanted to compliment Jethro's name!! I love a good, original pet name!!
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I just got some for my kittens with herpes and the vet gave me  Famciclovir or also known as Famvir or also known as Acyclovir at 125mg. tablet cut in half for a small kitten so for a 7 lb cat you would most likel.y give the whole 125mg tablet and its given only twice a day--never 5 times a day! You would ruin the cats kidneys at 5x's a day!
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It's been a long time, but... the way I give LJ Gibbs his L-lysine is to mix it in the juice from canned cat food in a syringe.  To do this, first measure the juice into a syringe bottle by draining it out of the can into a small container and pulling it up into the syringe 1ml at a time.  It helps if you use a small 1ml syringe to begin with - for each 1ml that you get, add 250 mg. of the L-lysine.  I usually get four 1ml syringe-fulls from the can and when they have been emptied into the syringe bottle I open two 500 ml. capsules of pure L-lysine into the bottle, recap it and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.  This makes four 1ml doses of 250 mg. of L-lysine each.  Insert the syringe quickly behind the canine tooth on one side of the mouth pointing toward the throat, plunge the syringe, and rub the throat to make the cat swallow.  Gibbs doesn't even blink now that he's used to it and it doesn't taste bad!
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