Generic Name: Acyclovir Buccal Tablets (ay SYE kloe veer)
Brand Name: Sitavig
Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
Uses of Sitavig:
- It is used to treat cold sores.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Sitavig?
- If you have an allergy to acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any other part of Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have a milk allergy.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Sitavig?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine will not cure cold sores. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Do not give Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets) to younger children. The chance of choking may be raised.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Sitavig) best taken?
Use Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Use within 1 hour after the first signs of a cold sore. Put on the same side of the mouth as the cold sore.
- Dry your hands and place the tablet in your mouth above the incisor tooth between the upper cheek and gum. Let it melt during the day.
- Do not swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Do not suck on this product.
- Do not remove the tablet from the tablet pack until you are ready to put in Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets). Put in the tablet right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the removed tablet for future use.
- You may eat and drink when using Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets). Avoid doing things that may knock the tablet loose like chewing gum, touching the tablet, wearing upper dentures, and brushing your teeth.
- If your mouth gets dry when using Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets), drink more liquids.
- If the drug does not stick or falls out within the first 6 hours, put the same tablet back in. If you cannot do this, put in a new tablet.
- If the drug is swallowed within the first 6 hours, drink a glass of water and put in a new tablet.
- If the drug falls out or is swallowed after the first 6 hours, you do not need to re-apply a tablet.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad irritation where Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets) is used.
What are some other side effects of Sitavig?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Pain where it was placed.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Sitavig?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Protect from heat.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Sitavig (acyclovir buccal tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
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- Drug class: purine nucleosides
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