I do not know when Acyclovir originally came to market, yet, I took it back in 1980 when I was first diagnosed with HSV1 on my NOSE! Since then, they have greatly improved the strength of this drug. I now take either Famcyclovir or Valtrex prophylacticly (i.e. EVERY morning) to try to keep this virus from erupting.
When I get a severe breakout on my nose, which I have as we write to one another, I take up to a gram (i.e. 4 - 250 mg. Famvir) a day to try to stop it from becoming a HUGE problem. However, this time, I had to take it immediately. Because of some severe, unrelenting pain in my back, my body's immune system went away allowing the stress from the pain an an emotional upset to allow this virus in my nerve endings to ERUPT!
I wouldn't take Acyclovir for such a serious outbreak, as I know these newer drugs work far faster and better than Acyclovir.
Hope this helps, Betty.
Warm regards, Brie
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