Generic Name(s): Acyclovir
Drug Class: Anti Viral
Treats: Viral Infections, Chickenpox
Zovirax is an antiviral cream used to combat cold sores in the mouth area caused by viruses. It is obtained through a medical prescription, and while not a cure, it helps allay the effects of viral infection and to provide relief to cold sores after being applied to the affected areas.
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Zovirax is used to treat the herpes simplex virus, which can cause recurrent herpes labialis, also known as cold sores. The drug stops the spread of the virus to other cells, and helps the cold sore to heal. It should be used as soon as the symptoms of an oncoming cold sore appear, such as burning, tingling, and itching.
Below are listed some of the uses for Zovirax.
- Cold sores
Zovirax dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. Treatment should begin as early as possible, even before the lesions appear. Notice pre-breakout symptoms such as tingling, itching, or redness. Zovirax should only be applied to the lips, not the skin, genitals, or other areas of the body. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Follow your medical professional's directions for best results.
For adults and adolescents age 12 and older:
- Apply five times per day for four days
Zovirax Side Effects
While taking Zovirax, individuals may experience different side effects. Note, not all side effects are listed here. You should not use Zovirax if your immune system is compromised, as it may exacerbate the infection. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor immediately or seek medical attention.
Below are listed some of the common side effects of Zovirax.
- Dry or cracked lips
- Flakiness or dryness of skin
- Burning or stinging feeling
- Itching of the skin
No know drugs interact with Zovirax.