Vipral review

Vipral, prescribed as Zovirax, is used in the treatment of herpes. Herpes treatment includes genital herpes, shingles, herpes encephalitis, and herpes in people with compromised immune systems. Vipral is a member of the family of antiviral medications.

Vipral is not appropriate for everyone so each patient should have a thorough discussion with their doctor regarding their medical history prior to taking this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes kidney disease, liver disease, current dialysis, brain disorders, nervous system disorders, breathing problems, or electrolyte imbalances may not be able to take Vipral. There is a chance that they can, depending on the patient’s condition, but they may require careful monitoring while undergoing treatment with this medication.

The FDA has rated Vipral as a pregnancy risk category B, which means that this medication is not expected to cause harm or birth defects to an unborn baby. Since herpes can be passed from a mother to child during birth, it is vital that pregnant women are treated for herpes while they are carrying their child. Vipral does pass into the mother’s breast milk and may cause harm to a nursing baby. This medication should not be prescribed to women who are nursing.

There is a risk of side effects associated with Vipral, some of which are severe. If a patient is experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction they should seek immediate emergency medical assistance. An allergic reaction will present symptoms which include facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require emergency medical treatment include fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, difficulty urinating, no urine output, a red, blistering, or peeling skin rash, swelling or pain at the injection site, skin color changes at the injection site, confusion, agitation, tremors, jaundice, pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, weakness, fatigue, hallucinations, or convulsions.

Less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical treatment but should be reported to the prescribing physician. Patients should be encouraged to report all side effects. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as headaches, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, stomach pain, swelling in the hands or feet, muscle pain, numbness or tingling, insomnia or other sleep problems, and a lack of coordination. Less serious side effects can often be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Vipral.

Vipral should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician. In the event of a missed dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, the missed dose should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdose. Never take a double dose of this medication. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdose will include symptoms such as decreased urination or no urination, hallucinations, agitation, and seizures.

There is a risk of drug interaction associated with Vipral. Patients are urged to talk with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications and herbal remedies. Medications with known negative interactions with Vipral include probenecid and some narcotic pain relievers.

Vipral has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of vipral

• Molecular formula of vipral is C8H11N5O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-amino-9-(2-hydroxyethoxymethyl)-3H-purin-6-one
• Molecular weight is 225.205 g/mol
Vipral available : 200mg capsules, 5% cream 2gm tube, 5% cream 5gm tube, 5% ointment 15gm tube, 200mg/5ml suspension 73ml bottle, 400mg tablets, 800mg tablets

Generic name: Acyclovir

Brand name(s): Aciclovier, Aciclovir, Acycloguanosine, Acyclovir sodium, Alti-Acyclovir, Avirax, Valtrex, Virorax, Zovirax

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