Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone Dosage
The standard way to use acyclovir and hydrocortisone is to apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area five times a day. Treatment typically lasts for five days. Apply each dose of acyclovir and hydrocortisone to the entire affected area, including the outer edge of the cold sore. To help prevent the spread of infection, wash your hands before and after use.
There is only one standard recommended dose of acyclovir and hydrocortisone (Xerese™), regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The usual recommended dose of acyclovir and hydrocortisone for the treatment of cold sores is a small amount applied to the affected area five times a day for five days. This medication should be started at the first signs of an outbreak. Therefore, it may be best to have a tube of acyclovir and hydrocortisone on hand so you can begin using it right away when you first feel a cold sore coming on. The sooner you start using it, the better it will work.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with acyclovir and hydrocortisone include the following:
- Acyclovir and hydrocortisone is normally applied to the affected area five times a day for five days. Use a thin layer, and cover the entire affected area, including the outer edge of the cold sore.
- This medication should only be used on the lips or around the mouth. Do not use it inside the eye, mouth, or nose, or on the genitals.
- This medicine works best if started at the first signs of a cold sore (tingling, redness, itching).
- Gently wash and dry the area around the cold sore before applying a acyclovir and hydrocortisone dosage. Also, wash your hands before and after using this medication to help prevent spreading the infection or getting the cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Try not to touch or rub your cold sore. This could irritate the skin, making the cold sore worse, or spread the infection to other areas of your mouth or lips.
- Do not cover your cold sore with a bandage while using acyclovir and hydrocortisone. Doing so may cause irritation.
- Do not bathe, shower, or swim for at least 30 minutes after applying the cream.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Acyclovir and hydrocortisone will not work better or faster if you apply more than prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or acyclovir and hydrocortisone dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.