My 82 yr old father just moved in with me from an assisted living center in from another state. He had had a stroke 2 yrs ago but seems to be doing well. I don't want to come out and ask him why he is taking the acyclovir and though it might be used for other things as well. We both get the sores around our mouths but I haven't had one in yrs. Really don't want to ask him if he has herpes!
If you get sores around your mouth, I hate to break it to you, but you DO have herpes! It is Herpes Simplex Type 1 most likely. Herpes Type 1 is what most people refer to as "cold sores" or "fever blisters". Herpes Simplex Type 2 is usually found on the genitals although Type 2 can be on the mouth as well. It could be for his mouth sores or it could have been given for a bout with shingles which is the Herpes Zoster virus.
I've never heard of it being taken once daily. Usually it is taken with multiple tablets during either 1 day or 5 days to treat existing herpes. But maybe in your father's case, it is indicated differently. Maybe someone else knows.
- Acyclovir Information for Consumers
- Acyclovir Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Acyclovir (detailed)
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