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Author Topic: Acyclovir or shingles causing abdominal pain?  (Read 1260 times)

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Offline MaryLou1980

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Acyclovir or shingles causing abdominal pain?
« on: September 06, 2018, 11:32:08 pm »
Hi guys and gals. I've been meaning to join for a while seeing what a nice community this is. I owe you all a proper introduction, but now I just wanted to ask a very specific question as I was prescribed this drug for shingles and have been really bad about taking it as I'm already taking other stuff and was scared it might be too much for my liver, kidneys. Anyway, I finally took it today and noticed this weird diffuse abdominal pain soon after,  around the same area I have my shingles. I was wondering what people think I should do, stop the med or keep taking it as the abdominal discomfort us more likely to be shingles related? maybe someone has experience with acyclovir and some ideas. Have a great one!

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Re: Acyclovir or shingles causing abdominal pain?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2018, 03:51:29 am »

Are you living with HIV? If so how are you doing & with what treatment?

As for the Shingles, sorry to hear about the shingles, its comes with a fair share of pain and discomfor as the outbreak progress also it depends on severity of the outbreak, location, nerves affected etc etc

Take the meds and, see your doctor if you are concerned about the pain nobody here can diagnosis it, other than saying pain & discomfort goes for the most part hand in hand with shingles

Hope you feel better soon

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Re: Acyclovir or shingles causing abdominal pain?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2018, 01:53:27 am »
Shingles is a bitch.  After a particularly nasty episode of Shingles I was prescribed acyclovir as a prophylactic and took it daily for two years, no problems.

Of course the medications in ART are different these days from way back when so just check the inserts to see if there are any interactions

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Re: Acyclovir or shingles causing abdominal pain?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2018, 03:38:42 am »
May I suggest you ask your doctor to prescribe Valacyclovir instead of Acyclovir.
I have had recurrent bouts of shingles in the past, and at first I was prescribed Acyclovir. Then Valacylovir became available. I tolerate the latter much much better = almost no gastrointestinal complaints or nausea.

Read more here :

"Acyclovir itself is poorly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract -- its oral bioavailability is 10% - 30%. In contrast, valacyclovir is more than 10 times more permeable than acyclovir. Valacyclovir's oral bioavailability is more than 55%, which allows comparable blood levels to parenteral acyclovir.
The main advantage of valacyclovir over acyclovir is convenience of less frequent dosing regimen. But valacyclovir is quite more expensive."


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