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Acyclovir Topical Dosage

This dosage information may not include all the information needed to use Acyclovir Topical safely and effectively. See additional information for Acyclovir Topical.

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Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis

Cream: Apply to the affected area 5 times a day for 4 days. Therapy should be started as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms (i.e., during the prodromal phase or when lesions appear).

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex

Ointment: Apply to affected area every 3 hours, 6 times a day for 7 days. Therapy should be started as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis

Cream:
12 years or older: Apply to the affected area 5 times a day for 4 days. Therapy should be started as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms (i.e., during the prodromal phase or when lesions appear).

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex

Ointment:
Children: Apply to affected area every 3 hours, 6 times a day for 7 days. Therapy should be started as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms.

Renal Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended.

Liver Dose Adjustments

No adjustment recommended.

Precautions

Acyclovir topical cream and ointment are intended for cutaneous use only and should not be used in the eye. In addition, the cream should only be used on the affected external aspects of the lips and face and should not be used inside the mouth or nose.

The recommended dosage, application frequency, and treatment duration of acyclovir topical ointment should not be exceeded. The ointment should not be used for the prevention of recurrent herpes simplex virus infections.

The efficacy of acyclovir topical cream has not been established in immunocompromised patients.

Safety and efficacy of the cream and ointment have not been established in pediatric patients less than 12 and 18 years of age, respectively.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Patients should wash their hands before and after applying acyclovir topical cream to the affected area. A finger cot or rubber glove should be used when applying acyclovir topical ointment to the affected area.

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