acyclovir acyclovir  /ə ˈsɪ kloʊ ˌvɪr/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an oral antiviral drug (trade name Zovirax) used to treat genital herpes; does not cure the disease but relieves the symptoms

Usage(s):

  1. In Straus' study, oral acyclovir prevented herpes outbreaks in twelve out of 16 patients who took the drug three times a day for four months.
  2. Acyclovir, which retails for about $20 a tube, works by interfering with viral replication.
  3. THE GOOD NEWS -- AIDS patients undergoing therapy with the drug AZT who were also given the antiviral agent acyclovir had a survival rate 44% higher than those who took just.

News

  • Reader eases shingles pain with application of Listerine

    Three weeks after a shingles attack, I was suffering excruciating nerve pain across the right side of my scalp and behind my ear. Antiviral drugs such as acyclovir or valaciclovir can speed healing if taken at the first sign of shingles. Some readers report temporary relief with topical Listerine, and others say that oral L-lysine aids recovery. The first scientific study of this approach (a ...
    on September 15, 2013     Source: San Antonio Express-News

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