Acyclovir is used for treatment of herpes including:
- herpes infections of the skin, lips;
- genital herpes;
- herpes zoster (shingles);
Acyclovir stops the replication of viral DNA.
Zovirax doesn’t cure herpes, as well as no other medicine. However it lessens the symptoms such as itch, rash, and decreases the frequency and severity of recurrent sores.
You should start using Zovirax when you feel the very first symptoms of herpes infection on lips(e.g. tingling, burning, blisters).
Don’t stop using Zovirax even if you feel better, because the symptoms may stop, but if the complete treatment has not been done, they soon may relapse.
If you use Zovirax regularly, and miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not take tw doses of Zovirax at once.
Store Acyclovir at room temperature, but not more than 25C degrees. Do not store in the bathroom.
Zovirax Safety information
Do not exceed the suggested doses of Acyclovir. Do not use Zovirax if:
- You are allergic to any component of this medicine
- You have severe kidney or liver problems.
Zovirax topical is in the FDA pregnancy category C. Consult your doctor before using Zovirax if you are or will be pregnant and breastfeeding to discuss possible gains for you and risks for your baby.
Zovirax Side effects
Acyclovir is well tolerated and generally safe drug. However the most possible common side effects may be:
- unusual bleeding or bruising;
- allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; rash; hives; itching; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face);
- headache or lightheadedness;
- little or no urine production;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, or abdominal pain;
- joint pain.
In this case seek emergency medical attention.
If you experience one of the following:
Consult your doctor, but do not stop using Zovirax, because these side effects should soon pass. Do not bother to consult your doctor if one of these side effects became bothersome or disturb you too much.