Usual solid dosage form
Tablets and dispersible tablets
Available as a liquid
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Liquid sugar free or not
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
Available as soluble tablets
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer the dispersible tablets via enteral feeding tubes. Dissolve the tablet in the barrel of an enteral syringe. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Available as other formulations?
Intravenous infusion (powder for reconstitution), cream, eye ointment
Current resources suggest that the suspension preparation is extremely viscous and no specific data on enteral tube administration are available for this preparation. The suspension contains sorbital. Aciclovir is absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract, therefore there may be a risk of reduced absorption when the drug is given through an enteral feeding tube terminating in the jejunum. It is important to monitor the patient for clinical effect.
Safe or appropriate to crush
Manufacturer advises that tablets may be dispersed in a minimum of 50mL water