Penciclovir is an antiviral drug used to treat herpes virus infections, including herpes labialis. This drug is available in the form of a cream that will be rubbed on the affected skin.

Penciclovir works by inhibiting the multiplication of viruses, so the immune system can work more optimally and complaints can subside. Keep in mind that these medications cannot cure or prevent the spread of herpes.

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What is Penciclovir

class Prescription drug
Category Anti virus
Benefit Treating herpes virus infections , including herpes labialis
Used by Adults and children over 12 years of age
Penciclovir for pregnant and lactating women Category B: Animal studies have not demonstrated a risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Penciclovir cream is not absorbed into breast milk. However, consult your doctor before using this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

Drug form Cream

Warning Before Using Penciclovir

Some things to consider before using penciclovir cream are:

  • Do not use penciclovir if you are allergic to this drug. Always tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
  • Penciclovir cream is only for use on the skin of the outer lips. Do not get this medication in your mouth, eyes or nose. If accidentally hit the part, rinse immediately with water.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a weakened immune system.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, supplements or herbal products.
  • Immediately consult a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction after using penciclovir.

Dosage and Rules for Using Penciclovir

To treat herpes labialis, the dose of penciclovir 1% cream preparation is applied 8 times a day, every 2 hours, for 4 days, starting from the time the initial symptoms of herpes labialis appear.

How to Use Penciclovir Properly

Follow the doctor 's recommendations and read the information printed on the drug packaging label before using penciclovir cream. To get optimal treatment results, use penciclovir cream as soon as possible since the initial symptoms of herpes labialis appear.

Always wash your hands before and after using penciclovir cream. Clean and dry the skin area that will be smeared with medicine. Next, apply the medicine slowly to cover the infected skin area.

To speed up the healing of herpes labialis, use penciclovir cream regularly according to the time recommended by the doctor. Try to use this medication at the same time each day.

Using penciclovir cream does not prevent the spread of herpes. Therefore, avoid close or close contact with other people until the symptoms of herpes heal completely.

Store penciclovir cream in a closed container in a cool room. Protect this drug from direct sunlight, and keep the drug out of the reach of children.

Penciclovir Interactions with Other Drugs

Consult your doctor if you plan to use penciclovir cream with other medications, supplements or herbal products. The use of penciclovir cream can reduce the effectiveness of the drug talimogene laherparepvec in treating skin cancer.

Side Effects and Dangers of Penciclovir

Some of the side effects that may appear after using penciclovir cream are:

  • Pain, burning, redness, itching, and irritation in the area where the drug was applied
  • Headache
  • Changes in the sense of taste

Check with your doctor if the side effects above don't go away or get worse. Immediately go to the doctor if a drug allergic reaction appears which is characterized by symptoms in the form of rash, itching, shortness of breath, swelling of the lips, mouth and face, after applying penciclovir cream.

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