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Pregnant, having chicken pox. Prescribed aciclovir and zovirax. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 22-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:Hi Doctor
User:I have rashes since 2 days and Doctor has confirmed it to be chicken pox. Since i am pregnant (in 23rd week), i am little concerned about medication. Hence wanted to have second opinion if these medication are fine during pregnancy and would not impact the baby. Can you please confirm Doctor has given below prescription: 1. Aciclovir tab IP 400mg "Zovirax" - Every 6hrs (4 tabs per day for 1 week) 2. Aciclovir Zoster skin screen 5gm (Aciclovir composition 5%) - twice a day for external use
Doctor:Is this your current query?
User:Since i am pregnant (23rd week now), am concerned about impact of medication on baby, hence wanted to confirm it
Doctor:Please give me a moment while I read it
User:ok sure
Doctor:I have read it
Doctor:Thanks for your patience
Doctor:For simple chicken pox infection, just conservative management would suffice
Doctor:Zovirax is category B drug for pregnancy
Doctor:It means to say
Doctor:It is to be used when benefits from the drug outweighs the risks
User:oh ok, thanks
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Is that all for now?
User:what are the risks it has if taken during pregnancy
Doctor:There are no studies that prove the risks in pregnancy
Doctor:Since no study is done, it is better to avoid in pregnancy
User:ok thanks
User:pls let me know about the Aciclovir Zoster skin screen which is for external usage
Doctor:That causes no harm as systemic absorption is very less
Doctor:You could continue to use it
Doctor:Please let me know if you have more queries
User:thanks a lot for your responses
Doctor:Thank you too
Doctor:Is that all?
User:thank you
Doctor:Get well soon
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:bye for now
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