Zovirax Ointment Indication
Zovirax is an antiviral drug that slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Zovirax is not a cure for herpes, but it may lessen the symptoms of the infection.
- Store Zovirax at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
- Keep all medication away from children and pets.
- Herpes infections are contagious.
- You can infect others with herpes even while you are being treated with antiviral medication.
- Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people.
- Avoid touching the infected area and then touching your eyes.
- Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection on to others.
- Zovirax will not prevent the spread of genital herpes.
- Make sure to avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent passing the virus on to others.
- Before taking Zovirax, tell your doctor if you are taking probenecid (Benmid).
- If you are using this medication, you may not be able to use Zovirax or may need a dosage adjustment.
- There are other drugs that may interact with Zovirax.
- Tell your doctor about any prescription and non-prescription drugs that you use.
- Do not start a new medication without informing your doctor.
- This medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant during treatment.
- Herpes virus can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth.
- If you have genital herpes, it is important to prevent herpes lesions during pregnancy so that you do not have an outbreak when your child is born.
Patient Family Information
- Take Zovirax exactly as it was prescribed to you.
- Do not take this medication in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed to you.
- Take Zovirax as soon as a herpes outbreak appears with a full glass of water.
- Drink plenty of water while taking Zovirax to help your kidneys function properly.
- Zovirax can be taken with or without food.
- For Zovirax liquid, shake the suspension well before you measure a dose.
- Be sure you measure the correct dose.
- With Zovirax topical, follow the application directions on the label carefully.
- Lesions should be kept as clean and dry as possible.
- Wearing loose clothing may help prevent the irritation of herpes virus lesions.
- Do not take Zovirax if you are allergic to Zovirax or valacyclovir.
- Before taking Zovirax, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or if you have kidney disease.
- This may require you to have a dose adjustment or tests during treatment.
- Zovirax passes into breast milk and may harm a breast-feeding baby.
- Do not take this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Severe Side Effects of Zovirax Ointment
Get emergency medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of allergic reaction to Zovirax:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Pain in your lower back
- Urinating less than usual
- Not urinating at all
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Unusual weakness
Common Side effects of Zovirax Ointment
Less serious side effects include:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Feeling lightheaded
- Swelling in the hands or feet
- Zovirax Ointment – Uses, Side Effects, and More. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5230-69/zovirax-topical/acyclovir-ointment-topical/details
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