1. What Anti is and what it is used for
Anti cream is used to treat blisters and sores on or around the lips or face caused by the herpes simplex virus. The cause of many cold sores ( herpes labialis) is a virus called herpes simplex. The virus causes blisters or sores, especially on the lips but also in other parts of the face. The viral infection can break out when the body’s immune system is weakened, for example in the case of a cold or other infection. Strong sun, stress, or menstruation can also cause the symptoms. Anti inhibits the virus’ ability to multiply, which causes the infection to stop and return.
Aciclovir contained in Anti may also be approved for the treatment of other conditions not mentioned in this product information. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or another healthcare professional if you have any further questions, and always follow their instructions.
2. What you need to know before using Anti
Do not use Anti
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aciclovir or any of the other ingredients of cream one (listed in section 6).
Warnings and cautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Anti.
- if you have a very increased susceptibility to infection, for example, because you have AIDS or have undergone a bone marrow transplant, you should only use Anti on a doctor’s recommendation.
Anti cream is only intended for use on the skin. Cream one can be easily irritating to mucous membranes. Avoid getting cream in your eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes. If you accidentally get cream in your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water. If you happen to get cream in your mouth, it is not dangerous to accidentally swallow cream one.
Anti should not be used in children under 12 years of age.
Other drugs and Anti
There are no known interactions (how the effect of one medicine can be affected by the effect of another when used at the same time) when using Anti with other medicines. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
With topical use of Anti, very little aciclovir is absorbed into the body.
Anti probably does not affect breastfed babies. Still consult a physician for more than temporary use.
Driving and using machines
Anti is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Anti contains propylene glycol and cetyl alcohol.
This medicine contains 150 mg of propylene glycol per gram of cream, which may cause skin irritation. Anti also contains cetyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (eg contact dermatitis).
3. How to use Anti
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse
Adults and children over 12 years of age: Treatment should be started as soon as the first signs of cold sores appear, preferably within 4 hours. Infection usually manifests itself by stinging, stinging, or itching in the affected area. Wash your hands before and after treatment to prevent the infection from getting worse or spreading. Feel free to use a cotton swab when applying a cream to avoid spreading the virus or getting bacteria in the wound.
Anti cream is applied to the affected area 5 times a day at approximately 4-hour intervals for 5 days. If you do not see Anti taking effect within 5 days, or if the symptoms worsen, stop treatment.
Do not apply cream immediately before a meal as the cream can be easily licked off. To avoid spreading to other parts of the body or to the eyes, you should avoid touching the wound unnecessarily or letting others do it.
It is unlikely that any serious problems will occur if you have applied a large amount of cream on the skin at the same time. No special treatment is necessary.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Anti can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (affects more than 1 user in 100): Numbness at the treatment site.
Uncommon (affects less than 1 user in 100 and more than 1 in 1000 users):
Transient burning or stinging sensation at the treatment site. Slight drying or peeling of the skin. Itching.
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000 users):
Reddening of the skin. Contact dermatitis at the treatment site. In sensitivity tests, it is more common to react with the other ingredients in the cream rather than aciclovir.
Very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000):
Immediate hypersensitivity reaction including swelling of the face, tongue, or throat ( angioedema ) and hives, if this happens, stop taking Anti immediately and contact a doctor.
Should a more severe skin reaction occur, it may be due to hypersensitivity to any of the constituents. You should then stop treatment. If the symptoms do not go away, you should contact a doctor. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly to the Medical Products Agency, www.lakemedelsverket.se. By reporting side effects, you can help increase drug safety information.
5. How to store Anti
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after “EXP” or “EXP”. The expiration date is the last day of the specified month.
Do not store above 25 ° C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the packaging and other information
- The active substance is aciclovir. One gram of cream contains 50 mg of aciclovir.
- The other ingredients are stearoyl macrogol glycerides, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, light liquid paraffin, white petrolatum, propylene glycol, and purified water.
What the medicine looks like and the contents of the pack
The cream one is white and shiny.
Anti is available in two types of packaging; pump bottle and aluminum tube, containing 2 grams of cream.
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