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    Herpes suppression treatment (Aciclovir)

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    Taking herpes suppression treatment (Aciclovir)

    Take 1 tablet 2 times a day for 3 months. We usually recommend that you continue Aciclovir herpes suppression treatment for 1 year.

    If you forget to take a tablet, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it's nearly time for your next one, skip the missed dose. Do not take 2 tablets to make up for a forgotten dose.

    Side effects of herpes suppression therapy

    A small number of people will experience some side effects when taking Aciclovir, however these are generally mild and should pass quickly. These may include headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea or tiredness.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

    Effectiveness of herpes suppression therapy

    If you have 6 or more outbreaks of genital herpes per year, this treatment should result in fewer, less severe or even no outbreaks.

    Aciclovir suppression treatment is only effective if taken regularly and correctly, as prescribed.

    How herpes suppression tablets work

    Aciclovir is an antiviral that works to prevent the herpes virus from multiplying. Taking it regularly reduces the frequency of genital herpes outbreaks.

    Important information about Aciclovir

    We cannot prescribe Aciclovir if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). We recommend that you regularly screen for STIs. Frequent herpes outbreaks may indicate a weakened immune system, which can be caused by HIV. Know your status by taking a HIV blood test.

    Safety: taking other medicines

    Aciclovir might interact with other medicines. It is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Aciclovir safely.

    Alternative treatments

    We can prescribe a local anaesthetic gel, Instillagel, which can be used alongside Aciclovir to help reduce the pain of genital herpes outbreaks.

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