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How Does Acyclovir Work?

Shingles, genital herpes, and chickenpox are caused by viruses. Once a person has been infected with these viruses, they never go, and remain inactive in the body, waiting to become active again. Acyclovir helps the body fight the infection by preventing the virus from multiplying.
 

Is Acyclovir Used for Children?

Acyclovir is not approved for use in children less than two years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
 

Is Acyclovir Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend acyclovir for something other than the conditions listed in this article. Currently, off-label acyclovir uses include the treatment of:
 
  • Other types of viral infections
  • Prevention of chickenpox infection in those who have been exposed to the virus.
     
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