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Common Brand Name(s): Zovirax
Phonetic Pronunciation: (ay-SYE-kloe-vir)
Information last revised May 2010

What does ACYCLOVIR-ORAL look like?

Pur05040acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Car01120acyclovir 400 mg Tab
A0082160acyclovir 200 mg/5 mL Oral Susp
Wts03360acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Atx00420acyclovir 200 mg Cap
Cal01110acyclovir 200 mg Cap
Pur03220acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Par05650acyclovir 200 mg Cap
Zen42680acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Wts03350acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Atx53060acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Myn02530acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Par05670acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Zen42670acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Zen42661acyclovir 200 mg Cap
Atx53070acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Myn03020acyclovir 800 mg Tab
Par05660acyclovir 400 mg Tab
Wts2692zacyclovir 200 mg Cap
Hit08100acyclovir 200 mg/5 mL Oral Susp
Cal01130acyclovir 800 mg Tab


Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. It treats cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex), shingles (caused by herpes zoster), and chickenpox. This medication is also used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks, acyclovir is used to help reduce the number of future episodes. Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. However, it is not a cure for these infections. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Acyclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. In addition, in people with a weakened immune system, acyclovir can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.
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