Zovirax generically known as Acyclovir is classified under antiviral medicines. It retards the improvement and the propagation of viral infection (herpes virus) in the body. Acyclovir is not a drug that cures herpes but an antiviral drug that slows infection symptoms. Zovirax works for the treatment of infections that are set off by herpes viruses. These include shingles, chickenpox, genital herpes, and cold sores around the mouth. Acyclovir lowers/ minimizes the unpleasant outcome length of the spread. Zovirax enhances the fast healing of cold sores around the mouth and blocks the forming of new ones. It limits itching or pain before and after the healing of sores. Zovirax may be of help to people who have a weakened immune system by reducing the risk of the propagation or spread of the virus to other areas of the body which may result in dangerous infections.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
You should endeavor to adhere to all instructions given specifically by your doctor. It is advisable to read carefully the prescription label and observe duly the directions therein. Ensure you take Zovirax accordingly as prescribed; not more, less or longer than it is required. Kick start the use of Zovirax immediately the symptoms such as blisters, burning or tingling appear. Shake Zovirax liquid form well before measurement. Measurement should be done with the provided dosing syringe or other appropriate dose-measuring devices. In case you do not have one, ask your pharmacist for it. Ensure that you notify your doctor if you experience weight changes. For your kidneys’ safety ensure you support the intake of Zovirax dose with a lot of water. Avoid discontinuation of Zovirax use within the duration of treatment. There may be an improvement in symptoms before full recovery. Zovirax should not be used for the treatment of viral infection such as common cold or flu. Keep Lesions that result from Herpes viruses clean and dry. Put on loose clothing for the prevention of irritation of the lesions.
Endeavor to take the following precautions before or when using Acyclovir:
- Patients who are hypersensitive to Zovirax or Valtrex.
- Any of the following conditions whether in the past or at present should be brought to your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the kidney;
- A weak immune system.
- Pregnant women or those that have the propensity to become pregnant should seek the advice of their doctors before or on the use of Acyclovir.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before using Acyclovir.
Ensure that you request for medical advice if you begin to experience the symptoms of hypersensitivity to Zovirax such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swollen lips, tongue, face or throat. The following are the common side effects of Zovirax:
- General ill feeling.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided. Ensure you notify your doctor if you miss any dose.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. The signs of Overdose may involve the following:
- Loss of consciousness.
Interaction with other drugs
Make sure you notify your doctor before the interaction of Zovirax with drugs that are inimical to your kidneys especially: chemotherapy, probenecid, injected antibiotics, medicine for bowel disorders, injectable osteoporosis medication, transplant rejection, antiviral, and pain or arthritis preventive medicine. Additionally, the following medications may interact with Acyclovir:
- Prescription and over-the-counter medicines;
- Herbal products.