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Commercial Name: Zovirax
Active Ingredient: Aciclovir
Utilization: Used to treat herpes infections of the skin, lip, and genitals; herpes zoster; and chickenpox
Available Dosages: 200mg, 400mg and 800mg
Zovirax is an antiviral medication which used to treat herpes infections of the skin, lip, and genitals; herpes zoster; and chickenpox. Zovirax stops viral replication, but it does not work in treating certain virus infections, such as the common cold.
Take it orally with or without food/milk. Commonly used dose is 200 mg every 4 hours, five times a day for ten days. If the herpes is recurrent, the recommended dose for adults is 400 mg two times a day for 1 year. Washing of your hands will help you to prevent passing the infection to others.
Note: this instruction presented here just for review. It's very necessary to consult with your doctor before using. It help you to get best results.
Zovirax is not allowed in patients with kidney disorders. Also Zovirax is contraindicated in people who are hypersensitive to Zovirax, Acyclovir or similar drugs.
They may include an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Also the most possible side effects include:
pain in your lower back;
urinating less than usual or not at all;
easy bruising or bleeding;
Less serious include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
headache, feeling light-headed;
swelling in your hands or feet.
If you experience one of them stop using Zovirax and tell your doctor as soon as possible. Also consult with your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual.
If you forgot to take your dose in time, please do it as soon as you remember. But do not take if it is too late or almost time for your next dose. Do not take double or extra doses. Take your usually dose next day in the same regularly time.
Symptoms of Zovirax overdose include: seizure (convulsions), hallucinations, and urinating less than usual or not at all. If you experience one of them or any unusual symptom call your doctor immediately.
Store at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture, kids and pets. Do not use after expiration term.
Medically reviewed by
Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 1.06.2020