Acyclovir (Between cheek and gum)
Treats cold sores. This medicine is an antiviral.
Antiviral (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Acyclovir buccal tablet is used to treat the symptoms of herpes simplex virus infection on the lips and around the mouth (cold sores) in adults with normal immune systems. Although this medicine will not cure herpes simplex, it may help the sores to heal faster and relieve some of the pain and discomfort. Acyclovir is an antiviral agent (treats a virus).
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Use this medicine within 1 hour after you have the first symptom of a cold sore and before a cold sore begins. Apply the tablet on the same side of your mouth that has the cold sore symptoms.
To use: Peel back the cover of the blister pack to remove the tablet. Use a clean, dry finger to place the tablet on your gum. Place it above the tooth that is next to your front tooth. Press on your upper lip lightly for 30 seconds to make sure the tablet sticks.
The tablet will dissolve gradually throughout the day. Do not crush, chew, suck on, or swallow the tablet.
You may eat and drink while the tablet is in place. Drink more liquids if your mouth becomes dry.
If the tablet does not stick or falls off within the first 6 hours, use the same tablet and place it back onto your gum. If it still does not stick, replace it with a new tablet.
If you swallow the tablet within the first 6 hours of applying it, drink a glass of water and place a new tablet on your gum.
Do not apply a new tablet if the tablet falls out or if you swallow it after it has been in place 6 hours or longer.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to acyclovir or milk protein concentrate.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Pain or irritation of the gums
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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