Aciclovir

medicationWhy has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Aciclovir is an antiviral drug. It is used to treat viral conditions affecting the eyes such as conjunctivitis.

This drug is not available as a veterinary preparation. Your veterinarian may ask you to sign a consent form so a preparation licensed for humans can be used to treat your pet. This drug, although registered as a drug for people can be administered by veterinarians to animals in Australia. No further paperwork is necessary. So you can delete “Your veterinarian  may ask you to sign a consent form so a preparation licensed for humans can be used to treat your pet”.

How do I give this medication?

- Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.

- Your veterinarian will show you how to put the ointment in your pet's eyes.

- Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day and try not to miss giving any doses.

- DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and DO NOT give more often than directed.

- DO NOT discontinue the medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Contact your  veterinarian in advance if your pet needs a repeat prescription.

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

Keep this medicine out of reach of children. Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

Potential side effects

- Your pet may show some discomfort when the ointment is applied because it may cause mild stinging initially.

- Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 Possible drug interactions

- Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.

- Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.

- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Yolande Bishop, BVMS, BSc, LLB, MRCVS

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