size 5 g./ tube (1 tube)
Contains the active ingredient : Acyclovir, which is an antiviral medicine. It is used to treat skin infections with the herpes simplex virus, for example cold sores and genital herpes (caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2).
Acyclovir works by stopping the herpes simplex virus from reproducing and infecting more cells.
Acyclovir is converted to a more active form inside cells of the body that are infected with herpes simplex. The activated acyclovir then works by blocking the action of a viral enzyme called DNA polymerase.
The herpes virus needs the DNA polymerase enzyme to copy its genetic material from RNA to DNA. This process is necessary for the virus to multiply and continue to survive. By blocking the action of DNA polymerase, acyclovir prevents the herpes virus from multiplying. This controls the infection and helps the immune system to deal with it.
The cream should be applied thinly to affected area five times a day, at approximately four-hourly intervals, for five to ten days.
The cream is most effective if treatment is started as soon as the first signs of the infection (a tingling sensation), begin to appear, though treatment can also be started after the blisters have appeared.
What is it used for?
Genital herpes (herpes simplex infection).
Cold sores (herpes simplex infection).
Size: 5 g / tube