Acyclovir vs Penciclovir

Acyclovir
(Rx)
Penciclovir
(Rx)
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug and a skin medication.
Penciclovir is a skin medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.2
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
?
No score available
Helpfulness
for Cold Sores
2.3
Concern level
1.7
Approval Date
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April 22, 1997
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
30,934 Discussions
159 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Herpes
#2 for Shingles
#3 for Cold Sores
#5 for Chicken Pox
Acyclovir is prescribed for Herpes, Shingles, Cold Sores and Genital Herpes and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Cold Sores
Penciclovir is prescribed for Cold Sores and is mostly mentioned together with this indication.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Acy
Tiredness
4
Acne
4
Depression
3
Allergy
3
Nausea
2
Weakness
2
Dizziness
1
Flu Like Symptoms
1
Hair Loss
1
Encephalitis
1
Pen
Common Cold
5
Rash
5
Tiredness
4
Tenderness
4
Impotence
4
Acne
4
Cancer
2
Gout
2
Allergy
2
Impetigo
2
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Tiredness
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Acne
Acy
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4
4
Depression
Acy
Pen
3
0
Allergy
Acy
Pen
3
2
Nausea
Acy
Pen
2
0
Weakness
Acy
Pen
2
0
Dizziness
Acy
Pen
1
0
Flu Like Symptoms
Acy
Pen
1
0
Hair Loss
Acy
Pen
1
0
Encephalitis
Acy
Pen
1
0
Common Cold
Pen
Acy
5
0
Rash
Pen
Acy
5
0
Tiredness
Pen
Acy
4
4
Tenderness
Pen
Acy
4
0
Impotence
Pen
Acy
4
0
Acne
Pen
Acy
4
4
Cancer
Pen
Acy
2
0
Gout
Pen
Acy
2
0
Allergy
Pen
Acy
2
3
Impetigo
Pen
Acy
2
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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B Category B
Before taking Acyclovir during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
B Category B
Before taking Penciclovir during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Acyclovir and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Penciclovir and alcohol.
Method of use
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Ointment, Pill
Ointment
Dosages
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Tablet: 50 mg, 400 mg, 800 mg
Suspension: 200 mg/5 mL, 200 mg/5 mL (5 mL)
Capsule: 200 mg
Cream: 5%
Ointment: 5%
Cream: 1%
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Acyclovir , Acyclovir; micronized
Penciclovir
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Acyclovir and Penciclovir: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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