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User Reviews for Acyclovir

Also known as: Sitavig, Zovirax

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Summary of Acyclovir reviews 8.4 122 reviews

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Zovirax (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Took one ten day course of this anti-viral over seven years ago and have never had even a hint of another fever blister symptom ever since. I felt better after first week, and remarkably stronger after completing the 10 day prescription . Next best thing to a cure."

   
9.0

Beloved Salsa (taken for less than 1 month) July 9, 2018

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For Cold Sores: "This medication is great! I can't believe it works so fast.. I will definitely recommend it!"

   
10

Smiff (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 20, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex: "Great drug .. it’s a shame the cream is so expensive. Tablet for relatively inexpensive. Why is the ointment so expensive?"

Denny May 6, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "My first outbreak was horrific. I could not walk for a week the pain was so unbearable. I laid in bed the whole time with cold packs between my legs and dreaded when having to use the bathroom because the pain was excruciating. I started this medication 4 days after I was infected and had symptoms. It did help and I have been on it for a couple of months now and no side effects. My doctor wants me to be on it for 2 years for suppressive therapy and then try to get off of it. She did inform me however that if I had several outbreaks, she had no problem putting me back on it. She assured me it was safe longterm. There have been times I have forgotten to take my meds and within a few days I have some symptoms, but then I start back up again and in a few days, I am feeling better. This medicine truly allows me to forget that I have HSV-2, other than when I take my meds. It’s been a miracle for me."

   
10

K. Turner (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 25, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I've had fever blisters since I was a child. When I was a teenager I got fever blisters a lot. As I got older usually just in the summer. About 4 years ago I was getting them every other month. Dr put me on 400mg twice daily. Have not had any in the last year and a half. What a difference its made in my life!"

   
10

pinky March 25, 2018

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Sitavig (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Works wonders, but takes a full 24 hours of awkwardly sitting on my gums before dissolving."

   
8.0

Questeffa (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 9, 2018

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For Cold Sores: "16 years ago I was accidentally poked in my eye. The following day my eye flared up very inflamed and painful. I was diagnosed with viral keratitis (cold sore virus in the eye). About 5 years later they finally put me on zovirax tablets 800mg. I found them great. Didn't take long for to clear it up while also using zovirax eye ointment I have had less breakouts over the years compared to the 3 or 4 a year I had been experiencing before be I got prescribed this. These tablets were the answer to my prayers as it's extremely painful when I have an outbreak in my eyes. I currently have an outbreak and my doctor has me on 400mg five times a day as well as the eye ointment. I've found with this medication the breakouts are less frequent and the symptoms less severe. Also this is free for me as it's cover by medical card which is great. No side effects. For me I would highly recommend zovirax aka adviclor to anyone wanting to treat an outbreak"

   
10

Little old me (taken for less than 1 month) February 23, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex: "For the last year I've been plagued with severe cold sore/herpes outbreaks around my lips, chin and nose. A never ending cycle of breakout, heal, breakout. After one day of using the cream and Acyclovir the large bump on the side of my lip flattened to the point of not noticing it. Day six and I haven't seen my face look this clear in years. One little teeny whitehead popped up last night below my lip but you can't tell its a herpes sore. It kind of seemed like a final whimper. If I could rate prior breakouts as a 10 for worst case scenario, this little guy would be a 1. And I'd even thank someone for it. One last thing, If you're insured look around for community health centers, call them and ask for a low cost pharmacy to fill your prescription. I've read online the same Zovirax cream prescription goes for $200, and Acyclovir anywhere from $80-200. I paid $100 for both. Do some research!"

   
10

ZoviraxQueen February 19, 2018

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For Cold Sores: "Great medicine I've never experienced side effects that I'm aware of and took while pregnant."

   
10

Louisa bello February 1, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex: "I had HSV-2 in my 20s. My doctor gave me a strong prescription of Zyclovair and I think it was for 30 days. I never had an outbreak again. The outbreak that I was seen for, was my first and only one and it was really quite bad. Now I am 49 without a herpes outbreak following the treatment."

   
10

MissCatLady (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2018

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For Herpes Simplex: "I’ve been having cold sores since I was 12 on my lips and face. I tried everything and nothing would work. My doctor prescribed me this when he realized how serious it was. I was getting them sometimes one right after the other one! I’m supposed to take one gram a day, but I found that when I did that I still got them frequently. So I only take it when I feel a tingle , I take about 4 and it never comes out. What sucks is when I don’t get the tingle and I just wake up with a full blow on sore/sores. Overall medicine really helps though! Completely free with my insurance as well!"

   
7.0

Not bad (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 22, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "Been taking this medicine for two years with no outbreaks and no side effects. It's been life changing."

   
10

Happy31 September 14, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "My experience is that I have had cold sores ONLY on my lips from age 6 to 35. I agreed to a 1st date...bam! I felt it. That is the key; take meds once 1st felt. I have no medical knowledge except I know what my body tolerates and what has been successful which may not be your best bet but be safe careful and consult you Dr b4 any treatment plan. 1. break up your pills in half for immediate absorbtion take 800mg every 2 hours to slam your system to alert it there's an issue and send in a 2nd round of 800 within 1st 4 hours 2. continue 800 for 2 days every 4 hours 3. apply Abreva or similar product on the sore at first sensation, while taking the meds so you are attacking the infection from inside (meds) and externally (creme on sore) 4 days"

   
9.0

FireFuad (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 23, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex - Congenital: "Works well"

QZX August 15, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "I just found out I had HSV. I have itching and burning sensation and the doctor put me on 200 mg daily. Will that be enough?"

   
1.0

anonymous1380 July 27, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "Forget the "take two pills when you first feel the tingle" crap you hear from the doc. I nuke it with about 800mg tablets right away then another 800 every 4 hours or so for at least another 24 hours. The key is to bombard the virus before it has much of a chance to form vesicles, which is what ends up making these things ugly. There of course is a chance for side effects with this large of a dose but you need it as the bioavailability of acyclovir is about a third of valacyclovir (valtrex). Taking these things for an active cold sore any more than about 36 hours from onset of symptoms is pretty much a waste of time - put your efforts (and pills) into that time frame and you will be very happy with the results."

Luke Skywalker July 17, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "I'm 48 and I was diagnosed with genital herpes when I was 35. I started dating a new guy and within 2 weeks I felt horrible burning when I urinated. I went to my midwives and sure enough I had herpes. Funny thing is I wasn't with anyone prior to him and I was with him for 6 years and not once did he ever test positive. They actually claim I could have had it on my face touched it and touched my genitals without washing my hands and transferred it. The outbreaks are less and less over the years but when I feel one coming I take acyclovir 500mg 2x daily. It helps right away. And I use a squirt bottle with warm water as I urinated to help reduce the burning."

   
10

Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) July 1, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "Good day to every one reading this, I am here to give my testimony about a herbal doctor called dr tokubo who helped me in my life. I was infected with HERPES SIMPLEX virus in 2015, i went to many hospitals for cure and they told me there was no solution for it, so I was thinking how i can get a solution so that my body can be okay. One day I was in the river side thinking where I can go to get solution, Along the line a lady walked to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to her telling her my problem, she told me that she can help me out, she introduce me to a doctor who uses herbal medication to cure HERPES SIMPLEX virus and gave me his email, so i mail him to order for his herbal medicine. After some series of questions fro"

lacybern6449 (taken for less than 1 month) June 4, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I have found that acyclovir works better for me when I take pine cone extract. I believe this extract works as an adjuvant, increases the potency of this antiviral drug. I have been using this combination for several years and have had only two outbreaks in 3 years apposed to 3-4 a year when only using acyclovir 400 mg daily. This makes me believe that the extract is working. Research suggests that certain compounds found in pine cone extract increases specific Dendritic immune cells."

   
8.0

Sequentially (taken for 10 years or more) June 1, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "It gave me prostate issues and erection problems. I never had a breakout. The trade off wasn't worth it."

Robo obo May 17, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "I found out I contracted genital herpes from an ex boyfriend about 5 years ago. It initially felt like a cut on my vagina that itched and burned. Went to Dr next day and sure enough- herpes (ugh). I take the medicine as needed and it works like a charm. If I do feel one coming I take 400mg three day for about 4-5 days. Clears right up. I also used to get cold sore a few times a year- haven't since taking this medicine. It's AMAZING. Just wish I never had to find out about it."

   
9.0

HSVSucks (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 5, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "At 29 weeks pregnant I had a fever. Thought I was leaking amniotic fluid. Went to the hospital and misdiagnosed with a UTI. Stayed overnight with IVF and antibiotics and checked, monitored and ultrasound before discharged the following day. 24 hours later still not having felt well went back to the hospital and rechecked, water broke dilated to 2 and Dr said she didn't think of it before, but was going to test and treat me for Genital Herpes. Right after the emergency c section. "

   
7.0

InfectedBabyMama April 4, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "About 5 days ago I realized a cut, I thought I had cut myself while shaving... it then got very uncomfortable and burned while I urinated. Finally, I took my camera down there and wanted to look... I noticed a few more cuts that look like canker sores so I made an appointment right away. She told me it looked like genital herpes. She gave my the cream and the pills. It's only been a day and it doesn't feel like it's working. I know it's soon. But I still feel like I'm on fire, I'm itchy, and it still burns like crazy. Is there anything else I can do?"

   
2.0

Anonymous2733!! March 29, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I have found this drug to be very effective in controlling my IBS/ inflammatory bowel disease. Clearly it's possible herpes has a role to play in these conditions."

   
9.0

Ogyris March 7, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "This is the only thing that works for myself stress induced break outs (college). I use both the pills and the cream. I believe when I first started using acyclovir it was more effective and now it can take a good 4-5 days to fully heal. This is nothing in comparison to a cold sore that lasted a month without the meds though! 400mg. Free with my healthcare for the pills, the cream was $25."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 22, 2017

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