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Zovirax (Acyclovir)

Oral acyclovir, in the form of capsules or tablets, can be effective and is widely used for genital herpes.

Zovirax Tablets are indicated for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections of the skin and mucous membranes including initial and recurrent genital herpes.

Zovirax Tablets are indicated for the suppression of recurrent herpes simplex infections in immunocompetent patients.

Zovirax Tablets are indicated for the prophylaxis of herpes simplex infections in immunocompromised patients.

Zovirax Tablets are indicated for the treatment of varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster (shingles) infections.

Zovirax is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection.

A weaker form of this prescription drug is the topical ointment. Zovirax Cream is indicated for the treatment of Herpes Simplex virus infections of the skin including initial and recurrent genital herpes and herpes labialis. This is sometimes helpful for the first outbreaks for genital herpes but less so for recurrent outbreaks.

Zovirax Cream

Zovirax Cream should be applied five times daily at approximately four hourly intervals, omitting the night time application. Treatment should be continued for 5 days. If, after 5 days, healing is not complete then treatment may be continued for up to an additional 5 days. Zovirax Cream should be applied to the lesion or impending lesion as early as possible after the start of an infection. It is particularly important to start treatment of recurrent episodes during the prodromal period or when lesions first appear.

Zovirax Eye Ointment

Zovirax Eye Ointment is an ophthalmic ointment for the treatment of herpes simplex keratitis.

1cm ribbon of ointment should be placed inside the lower conjunctival sac five times a day at approximately four hourly intervals, omitting the night time application. Treatment should continue for at least 3 days after healing is complete.

Side Effects of Zovirax

Some of the side effects are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headache, swelling of hands or feet. Some of the more dangerous side effects can be rash, hives, sweling of the throat, tongue, lips, or mouth, weakness, pain in lower back, urination problems, bruising or bleeding. If you have any of the serious side effects, or if you have concerns, call your physician.
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