Long-term suppressive therapy can significantly reduce these outbreaks and is likely safe during pregnancy. Acyclovir (Zovirax) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are the drugs most commonly used for herpes outbreak suppression and treatment during pregnancy. These drugs help reduce how active the virus is.
Can acyclovir harm my baby?
Answer Studies have shown that the use of acyclovir or valacyclovir is not associated with an increase in birth defects. Limited data exist for famciclovir and therefore it would not be considered a first-line choice for treatment of herpes during pregnancy.
What can acyclovir cause while being pregnant?
Acyclovir, an antiviral nucleoside analogue, is a widely used agent highly specific for herpes simplex and varicella-zoster viruses. Unintended exposure to acyclovir early in pregnancy, which is not uncommon, may cause excessive maternal and physician anxiety.
Is acyclovir safe during first trimester?
Conclusion: Use of acyclovir in the first trimester does not increase birth defects, and it should be the antiviral drug of choice in early pregnancy.
Can you take acyclovir for cold sores while pregnant?
Cold sores are often treated with aciclovir cream which is a specific antiviral medication. This is applied to the affected area. It is considered safe at all stages of pregnancy.
Does acyclovir cross the placenta?
Acyclovir is known to cross the placenta to the fetus. Frenkel et al4 reported the specific pharmacokinetics of acyclovir in pregnant patients with recurrent HSV receiv ing either 200 or 400 mg of acyclovir orally every 8 hours from 38 weeks’ gestation until delivery.
Are antivirals safe during pregnancy?
Treatment with antiviral medications is recommended for pregnant women or women who are up to 2 weeks postpartum (including following pregnancy loss) with suspected or confirmed influenza and can be taken during any trimester of pregnancy.
How quickly does acyclovir work?
Response and effectiveness. May take up to two hours to reach peak plasma concentrations after oral acyclovir administration. May take up to three days for symptom reduction; however, acyclovir should be taken until the course prescribed is completed. Acyclovir works best when started within 48 hours of symptom onset.
What pregnancy category is acyclovir?
All formulations of acyclovir are assigned FDA pregnancy category C status ****, which indicates that safety in human pregnancies has not been determined; therefore, the drug should not be used during pregnancy unless the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
How do you take acyclovir 200 mg?
You should take Aciclovir 200 mg Tablets until your doctor tells you to stop.
- Take this medicine by mouth.
- Dissolve the tablet in a glass of water and stir before drinking.
- If you prefer, the tablet can also be swallowed whole with a little water.
- Start to take Aciclovir 200 mg Tablets as soon as possible.