Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm

Description
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is prescribed for the treatment of herpes, shingles, chickenpox, and similar viral illnesses
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm contains Acyclovir (an antiviral agent)
  • A thin layer of ointment is to be applied with clean hands, once or twice daily
  • Each tube is sold separately

 

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Type

Cream – Tube

Feature

5%

Unit

gm

Formula

Acyclovir

Composition

Acyclovir 5%

Brand

Highnoon Pharma

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About 

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is grouped in the chemical family known as antivirals.This particular drug is prescribed to patients diagnosed with Herpes Varicella-Zoster virus,that causes painful rashes and/or blisters,that can occur anywhere on the body;otherwise known as chickenpox and/or shingles.Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is highly effective in eliminating blisters that form around the oral cavity (mouth) of patients suffering from Herpes.It is imperative to know that Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is also commonly prescribed to patients who are immunocompromised as a way of protecting them from ever contracting the virus;this also decreases the risk of spreading the virus.

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is safe to be prescribed to patients of all ages but for patients aged 2 years and above.For women who are pregnant or planning to start a family Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may be prescribed only when necessary and under the supervision of a physician.Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is found in breast milk in trace amounts and is therefore prescribed quite rarely to breastfeeding mothers.

A thin layer of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician.Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be used under the care and supervision of a doctor.Patients tend to observe relief within a week or two of applying Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm.

Mild side effects such as a stinging or burning sensation may be felt at the time of application for a few days.Side effects such as dryness,skin sensitivity or flaking/peeling off the skin may be felt at the start of treatment with Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm,these adverse effects tend to resolve on their own in a few days time.

Indications

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm can be used to treat:

  • Herpes Zoster Virus 
  • Herpes Varicella Virus 
  • Patients susceptible to contracting the virus 

How Does Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm Work

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm effectively hinders the action of an enzyme known as DNA polymerase that is responsible for viral replication in the body.

How To Use Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm

A thin layer of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician,for 2 weeks.Do not use a rough hand and just gently apply Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm on the affected area.Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is not meant to be covered after application.

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be used under the care and supervision of a doctor and for a specified period of time only.Patients are advised to not stop using the Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm without consulting a physician, once they see or feel an improvement in their symptoms,which is likely to occur 2 weeks after starting treatment with Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm

Dosage 

Adult Dosage 

A tablespoon or two,a day is commonly prescribed to patients aged 18 years and above

Child Dosage 

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is safe to be prescribed to patients aged 2 years and older. The dosage for each individual is based on their weight and age.

Elderly Dosage 

For elderly patients who are susceptible to kidney and liver problems, a lowered dose of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may be prescribed under the care and supervision of a physician.

Pregnancy Use And Lactation

For women who are pregnant or planning to start a family Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may be prescribed only when necessary and under the supervision of a physician. Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is found in breast milk in trace amounts and is therefore prescribed quite rarely to breastfeeding mothers.

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm:

  • Allergy to Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm or any other medicine or food substance 
  • Severe dehydration 
  • Moderate to severe Kidney disease 
  • Low platelet levels in the body
  • Low red blood cells level in the bloodstream 
  • Breastfeeding mother 
  • Mental health problems 
  • Patients with sensitive skin 

Precautions

Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions before they use Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm:

  • Mild to moderate Kidney impairment
  • Mild to moderate liver impairment 
  • Elderly patients 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Patients with a history of skin cancer 

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm:

  • Other antiviral drugs 
  • NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin etc)
  • Amphotericin B 
  • Certain antibiotics (such as  Amikacin, Gentamicin and etc)
  • Cyclosporine 
  • Probenecid 
  • Drugs used to treat HIV (such as  Retrovir)
  • Pentamidine 
  • Sulphonamides (such as  Sulphamethoxazole)
  • Vancomycin 
  • Tacrolimus 
  • Cimetidine 
  • Mycophenolate mofetil 

Adverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines,Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm has certain side effects which include:

  • Fatigue 
  • Irritation/itching at the area of application 
  • Dryness/peeling of skin 

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm

Rare Adverse Effects

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt, the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor.

  • Allergic reaction
  • Swelling of hands and feet 
  • Changes in vision 
  • Headaches 
  • Light sensitivity

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Headaches- In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe
  • Fatigue- Patients experiencing this adverse effect, are advised to take deep breaths,intake tea or coffee,get a good night’s rest and not to overburden themselves for a few days.
  • Photosensitivity – patients are asked to wear sun protective clothes when going outside including gloves and hat,to apply generous amounts of broad spectrum sunblock along with wearing sunglasses.Patients are advised to do all necessary work after sunset so as to reduce or eliminate sun exposure while undergoing treatment with Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm.
  • Dryness- apply a moisturizer to the skin and wait for 10-15 minutes after which apply Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm on to the skin.This will prevent skin from getting dry and flaky.
  • Itching At The Area Of Application- can be eased by applying soothing and healing lotions or creams such as calamine lotion/cream.Apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce itchiness and redness caused by rash.

Key Facts About Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm

  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is prescribed to treat Herpes zoster and/or varicella virus 
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is prescribed to be applied once or twice daily
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is safe to be prescribed to patients aged of 2 years and above 
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may cause itchiness at the site  of application 
  • Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may lead to skin sensitivity 

FAQs

#1.How To Store Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be kept away from the reach of children,in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#2.Can I Take Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm During My Pregnancy?

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is deemed safe to be prescribed to pregnant women if and when absolutely necessary after careful consideration and care by the physician.

#3.What If I Apply Too Much Of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

 In case of excessive application,kindly contact your doctor or nearby hospital straight away. The amount of medication that can result in swelling of the applied regions,severe burning sensation and cause the skin to become highly sensitive to light especially sunlight.

#4.What If I Miss A Dose Of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you apply it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dosage time or next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.

#5.How Is Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm Supposed To Be Used?

A thin layer of Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is to be applied on the skin with clean hands 1-2 times per day or as advised by the physician,for 2 weeks.Do not use a rough hand and just gently apply Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm on the affected area.Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is not meant to be covered after application.

#6.Will Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm Affect My Sexual Activity?

No,there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in libido.

#7.What Are Common Side Effects Caused By Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

  • Headache 
  • Dizziness 
  • Stomach problems 
  • Skin rash 
  • Abdominal cramps 
  • Fatigue

#8.Will Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm Affect My Fertility?

No,there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in fertility.

#9.What Lab Tests Will Be Prescribed While Undergoing Treatment With Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm And How Often?

Kidney and liver function tests along with blood tests to keep check on serum potassium levels are advised to be done periodically

#10.Is It Safe To Have Painkillers While Taking Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

Yes.Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol are safe to be ingested along with Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm under the supervision of a doctor.

#11.Is It Safe To Have Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm While Lactating?

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm has been discovered in trace amounts in breast milk,this may have adverse effects on the child and therefore,Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is rarely prescribed to breastfeeding mothers.

#12.Can Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm Cause Dizziness? If So, How Should I Manage It?

Yes. It can cause dizziness as one of the most common side effects. If this happens, you should sit or lie down until the symptoms pass. However, please note this is temporary and usually goes away as the treatment continues. It is also advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol during the course of your treatment, as it may worsen the dizziness.

#13.How Long Will I Have TO Continue Taking The Medication?

Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm is a long term treatment drug and may be prescribed to be ingested for the remainder of a patient’s life or as advised by a doctor

#14.Why Must I Protect My Skin From The Sun While Taking Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm?

Treatment with Cycloz 5% Cream 10 gm may lead to the skin becoming sensitive to sun damage and it is therefore recommended to patients to wear sunscreen at all times,along with hats and gloves whenever possible to protect themselves from sun damage.