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ACICLOVIR 5% W/W CREAM

Active substance: ACICLOVIR

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Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream
Active ingredient: Aciclovir
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine.
•  eep this leaflet. You may need to read it
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again.
• f you have any further questions, ask
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your doctor or pharmacist.
•  our doctor has prescribed this cream for
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you. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them even if their symptoms are
the same as yours.
• f any of the side effects get serious, or
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if you notice any side effects not listed
in the leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1 
What Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream is
and what is it used for
2 Before you use Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream
3 How to use Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream
6 Further information
1 What Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream is
and what it is used for

Aciclovir belongs to a group of medicines
called antivirals. Aciclovir works in cells that
are infected by certain viruses, including the
herpes simplex virus. It interferes with virus
DNA, slowing down virus growth. Aciclovir is
not harmful to human DNA.

What is Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream used
for?
Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream is used to treat
infections of the skin caused by the herpes
simplex virus, including cold sores, genital
herpes and herpes labialis.

2 Before you use Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream

Do not use Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream:
If you are allergic to Aciclovir or any other
ingredients of the preparation.
Do not use Aciclovir 5% w/w cream inside your
mouth, to treat mouth ulcers and in the eyes or
genital areas.

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Take special care with Aciclovir 5%
w/w Cream:

Tell your doctor before you start using the
cream:
If you pregnant, plan to become pregnant or
are breast feeding.
If you have a weak immune system for
example due to immune deficiency disease or
following transplant surgery.
Consult your doctor first if you have an
infection.

Taking other medicines:

Please tell your doctor if you are taking any of
the following medicines:
Probenecid
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines including medicines obtained
without prescription.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are
planning to become pregnant. Your doctor will
advise you to discontinue using this cream.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or
are planning to breast-feed your baby. A small
amount of this drug does pass in to breast
milk.

Driving and using machines:

This medicine should not affect your ability to
drive or operate machinery.

Important information about some of
the ingredients of Aciclovir:

Aciclovir 5% w/w cream contains cetyl alcohol
and propylene glycol which may cause local
skin reactions (skin irritation and redness).

3 How to use Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream

Always use Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream exactly
as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.
Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream is for use on the
skin only. It is not to be taken internally.
To work at its best, Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream
should be started as soon as possible after the
first symptoms of infection appear.

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People who suffer from cold sores can often
tell when they are about to get a cold sore by a
tingling or itching sensation. Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream should be used at this tingling stage or
just after skin blisters appear. However do not
use Aciclovir 5% w/w cream unless your doctor
tells you to.
The following instructions will tell how to use
Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream:1. Wash your hands.
2.  pply a thin film of Aciclovir 5% w/w
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Cream to the infected skin, and the
skin immediately next to it, using your
fingertip. Take care not to rub the infected
skin any more than you need to.
3.  ou should apply Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream
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to the infected area 5 times each day, at
intervals of about 4 hours. Night time
application can omitted. Do not use the
cream any more than this unless you are
told to by a doctor.
4.   ash your hands again. Herpes simplex
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is infectious and you should try to avoid
touching the infected skin with your hands
or with towels, etc. to prevent spreading
the infection.
Never apply Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream to area
of the body called the mucous membranes,
as the cream can cause irritation. These areas
to avoid include the inside of the mouth and
nose and the inside of the vagina. Never apply
Aciclovir 5% w/w cream to the eyes.
For herpes labialis treatment should be
continued for at least 4 days and for 5 days for
genital herpes. If the infection has not healed
after this time, treatment can be continued for
up to 5 days more.

If you use more Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream than you should:

Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream is not to be used in
the mouth or vagina as it may irritate the skin
in these areas. If it is accidentally swallowed,
do not worry, but contact your doctor or
pharmacist for advice.
Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream should not be used
in the eyes. If it gets into the eyes, wash it out
with plenty of water. If your eye gets sore tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

If you forget to use Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream:

If you forget to use your cream, apply some as
soon as you remember, then go on as before.
If you have any further questions on the use
of Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

4 Possible side Effects

Like all medicines, Aciclovir cream can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets
them. The following side effects may happen
with this medicine:

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Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000
people)
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking
Aciclovir cream and see a doctor straight
away. The signs may include:
rash, itching or hives on your skin, swelling of
your face, lips, tongue or other parts of your
body, shortness of breath, wheezing or having
trouble breathing, unexplained fever and
feeling faint, especially when standing up.
Other side effects include:
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
a burning or stinging feeling after applying the
cream that goes away,
mild drying or flaking of your skin,
itching.
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
redness of your skin,
skin rash.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5 How to store Aciclovir 5% w/w
Cream

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream after the
expiry or ‘use by’ date shown on the container.
Use within 6 weeks of opening.
Keep Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream in its original
container and store at a temperature below
25ºC but do not refrigerate or freeze.

6 Further information

What the cream contains:

The active ingredient is Aciclovir. Each gram of
the cream contains 50mg of Aciclovir.
The other ingredients are stearoyl
macrogolglycerides, dimeticone, cetyl alcohol,
liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propylene
glycol and purified water.

What Aciclovir 5% w/w Cream looks
like and contents of the pack

Aciclovir 5% w/w cream is available from your
pharmacist with a prescription in 2g and 10g
tubes.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Relonchem Limited, Cheshire House,
Gorsey Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0RP, UK.
Date leaflet last revised: December 2013
(Version 2)
POM
PL 20395/0002

Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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