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Old 11-14-2012, 12:03 AM
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Hello everyone I have a question. I have a girlfriend in her early 50's that was prescribed Acyclovir and she has not disclosed to me why the doctor ordered it but she is afraid to take it due to bizarre side effects. I personally have never given this med to any patient so I am unfamiliar with it. Can anyone who has taken it personally provide more insight to me so I can pass it along!

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Old 11-14-2012, 04:38 AM
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I have taken this several times for shingles and trust me without it I would have been so much more miserable. I had no side effects or any other issues other than it clearing the shingles up before the vesicle stage.

I say tell ya friend to go for it!!!
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I have never taken it but I wonder if her reluctance is from all those side effects they list on the commercials? I think those commercials scare the poop out of people but are necessary in law suit happy America.

I would tell her to go for it. If she has any side effects she is concerned about then have her call her MD asap. Or maybe you could stay with her for an hour after she takes her first dose just to make her feel better about it?

Like Sabby said, if it helps then it may be worth putting up with some side effects.


Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking acyclovir: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • pain in your lower back;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • easy bruising or bleeding; or
  • unusual weakness.
Less serious side effects of acyclovir may include:
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
  • headache, feeling light-headed; or
  • swelling in your hands or feet.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell her to call her doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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I have taken it twice and never once had a side effect. I agree with Sabby much better taking it then not.
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I took it once in large doses over 5 days for fever blisters and it worked, no side effects what-so-ever. Tell her go for it!

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Took it for a week this month for shingles without any side effects at all.
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