Treatment is most effective if it is initiated within 48 to 72 hours after the first symptoms appear. Intravenous acyclovir is used to treat more serious outbreaks of shingles. The oral dose used to treat shingles is 800 mg taken five times a day for seven to ten days (until the rash has crusted over).
In this manner, can acyclovir be taken on an empty stomach?
If you are taking acyclovir for the treatment of chickenpox, it is best to start taking acyclovir as soon as possible after the first sign of the chickenpox rash, usually within one day. Acyclovir capsules, tablets, and oral suspension may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach.
How many mg of acyclovir should I take during an outbreak?
The usual recommended adult dosage is 800 mg administered every 4 hours, 5 times daily. For the treatment of initial episodes of genital herpes, the length of acyclovir treatment is 10 days. The usual recommended adult dosage is 200 mg administered every 4 hours, 5 times daily.
How long do you have to take acyclovir for shingles?
For the treatment of shingles, 1,000 mg of valacyclovir is taken three times a day for seven days or until the rash has completely crusted over. Treatment is most effective if it is initiated within 48 to 72 hours after the first symptoms appear. Like acyclovir, valacyclovir rarely causes side effects.