ACICLOVIR, eye ointment

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.

Remarks

– Storage: below 25 °C
Use within 30 days after first opening.