ACICLOVIR, eye ointment

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    Prescription under medical supervision

     

    Therapeutic action

    • Antiviral active against herpes virus

    Indications

    • Treatment of herpes keratitis
    • Prevention of herpes keratitis in neonate born to a mother suffering from genital herpes at the moment of childbirth

    Forms and strengths

    • 3% ointment, tube

    Dosage and duration

    Treatment of herpes keratitis

    • Child and adult: one application 5 times daily into the conjunctival sac of both eyes for 14 days or for 3 days after lesions have healed

     

    Prevention of herpes keratitis in neonate

    • Immediately after birth: one single application of aciclovir into the conjunctival sac of both eyes (after washing eyes with sterile 0.9% sodium chloride) 

    Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

    • In neonates, wait 12 hours after application of aciclovir 3% then apply tetracycline eye ointment 1% to prevent gonococcal neonatal conjunctivitis.

    Storage

    Below 25 °C

    Use within 30 days after first opening.