Zovirax (Brand) Drug Information | Usage | Interactions and Side Effects

Zovirax (Brand) Drug Information | Usage | Interactions and Side Effects

Zovirax (Acyclovir) is the most trusted name in medicinal herpes treatments. This antiviral oral tablet stops the spread and growth of herpes, lessening the effects of the virus on your body, thus allowing the body to work on fighting the infection.

*This is the genuine brand-name Zovirax® , a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.

Zovirax may also be marketed as: Acyclovir, ACV, Xovir, Aciclovir, acycloguanosine, Acivir, Acivirax, Herpex, and Cyclovir.

Uses

Zovirax is primarily used to temporarily treat (but not cure) herpes simplex virus. Take Zovirax at the first sign of herpes related symptoms, such as: tingling, blisters or a burning sensation. Zovirax reduces the occurrence of outbreaks associated with herpes, genital warts, cold sores, chickenpox, and shingles (herpes zoster). This treatment works to destroy much of the herpes virus, diminishing it’s the growth and the potential to spread.

How to take

Always follow your doctor’s instructions and the directions on your prescription label when taking Zovirax. Take each dose of Zovirax with a full glass or water. This medication may be taken with or without food. Take Zovirax for the entire time period prescribed, even if symptoms heal before then.

Side effects

Always read the ingredients on the label before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following side effects:

abnormal changes of urine quantities, lower back pain, blood clots, easy bruising or bleeding, extreme fatigue or disorientation.

The following is a list of less serious side effects associated with Zovirax:

nausea, diarrhea, headache, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pains, feeling light-headed, and the sudden swelling of hands or feet. Consult a doctor if symptoms persist or worsen over time.

Note that this is not an all-inclusive list of side effects. Consult a doctor for an extended understanding of the possible risks involved with taking Zovirax.

Precautions

Speak to your doctor if you have allergies to Acyclovir or to valacyclovir (Valtrex) before taking this medication. Always consult your doctor of your medical history before embarking on a new medical treatment.

Doctors should also be made particularly aware of the following medical conditions before taking Zovirax: kidney trouble, and conditions of suppressed immune systems (HIV, kidney transplants, bone marrow transplants, etc.). More mature users may be at higher risk of experiencing side effects related to Zovirax, especially those with a history of kidney problems.

Zovirax does not cure genital herpes, nor does it protect the user from infecting others with the virus. Herpes infections are contagious. Keep infected area clean, and avoid letting the infected area come into contact with others. Be particularly mindful to practice protected sex when experiencing a herpes outbreak.

Women who are pregnant, looking to become pregnant or are breastfeeding should contact a trusted healthcare professional before taking Zovirax. Zovirax has the potential of passing into breast milk, potentially harming a nursing child.

Drug interactions

Inform your doctor of all prescription and herbal medications that you are taking before starting to use Zovirax. Consult your doctor if you are taking probenecid or valacyclovir (Valtrex) before beginning the Zovirax treatment.

Missed dose

Never exceed the recommended dosage of Zovirax. Missed doses should be taken as soon as the users remembers, however if it almost time for the next dosage, skip the missed dose and revert back to normal schedule. Do not take more than 2 doses of Zovirax in one instance.

Storage

Store Zovirax at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.