What should I Know Regarding Pregnancy, Nursing and Administering Acyclovir to Children or the Elderly?
If you are PREGNANT
- Possibly Safe:
If you are NURSING
- No Known Risk: LIMITED DATA SUGGEST LOW LEVELS EXCRETED RESULTING IN NO ADVERSE EFFECTS
If you are an adult over 60
- management or monitoring precaution: Renal-Dose interval adjustment necessary for CrCL<25 mL/min. for high dose (800 mg oral) treatment. For IV therapy: CrCL >25-50 mL/min, adjust interval to 12 hours; CrCL>10-25mL/min, adjust interval to 24 hours; CrCL<11mL/min, decrease dose by half and use a 24 hour interval. Renal toxicity more common in the elderly. Neuro/Psych-Dizziness, somnolence, hallucinations, confusion and coma are reported more commonly in the elderly.
Giving Acyclovir to a child under 12
- management or monitoring precaution: IV route preferred. Safety and efficacy of oral route not established age < 2 years. Rare use for immunocompromised patients in treating zoster or varicella.
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