What is Acyclovir?

Acyclovir belongs to the family of medicines called antivirals, which are used to treat infections caused by viruses. Usually these medicines work for only one kind or group of virus infections.
Acyclovir is used to treat the symptoms of chickenpox, shingles, herpes virus infections of the genitals (sex organs), the skin, the brain, and mucous membranesips ,and widespread herpes virus infections in newborns. Acyclovir is also used to prevent recurrent genital herpes infections.
Although acyclovir will not cure herpes, it does help relieve the pain and discomfort and helps the soresif any) heal faster.Acyclovir may also be used for other virus infections as determined by your doctor. However, it does not work in treating certain virus infections, such as the common cold.