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Zovirax topical

Generic name: acyclovir (topical) [a-steklo-veer]

Drug category: topical antivirals

What is Zovirax topical?

Zovirax topical (for the skin) is an antiviral drug that is utilized to address skin conditions caused by herpes viruses.zovirax topical cream is applied to treat cold sores on the lips and on the face.

Zovirax topical ointment can be used to treat lesions in the genital area of herpes.herpes is not curable, and acyclovir does not stop the development of symptoms in the future.zovirax topical could also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guideline.

Side effects of Zovirax

See a doctor immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue.

Common zovirax-related side effects could be:

  • Dry, cracked, or peeling lips;
  • Dryness or flaking of the treated skin
  • Burning sensation or itching when the medication is applied.

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the fda at 1-800-fda-1088.


Follow all the instructions on the label of your medication and on the label of your package. Be sure to inform your health care providers about your medical ailments, allergies, and any medications you take.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use zovirax topical if you are allergic to acyclovir or the drug valacyclovir (valtrex).zovirax topical has not been approved for use by any person younger than 12 years old.inform your doctor if you've ever experienced an immune system that was weak (caused by illness or using certain medications).

It is unclear if this medicine can harm an unborn baby. The herpes virus may be transmitted from an affected mother to her infant when she is pregnant. If you are suffering from herpes genitalis, it is vital to keep your eyes open for herpes lesions while pregnant in order to not suffer from a genital lesion at the time your baby is is not recommended to feed your baby if you have herpes lesions within or near your breast.

How to take Zovirax topical?

Be sure to follow all the directions on the label for your prescription as well as read the entire medication guide and directions. Make sure you use the medication exactly as not consume by mouth. The topical medication is intended to be used only on the skin.

Begin using acyclovir as quickly as you can following the first manifestation of symptoms (such as burning, tingling blisters, etc.).make sure you wash your hands clean before and after using the medication.apply just enough cream to be able to cover it completely. Cold, painful, or tingly areas.

Use only enough ointment to protect the sexual lesion(s) entirely. Wear a glove, a finger cot, or use the cotton swab to apply the ointment in order to avoid spreading the virus to body parts that are not covered and to people around you.

Zovirax topical cream is typically applied five times per day for a period of four days. The ointment of this medicine is generally applied six times a day for seven days. Follow the dosing guidelines of your doctor extremely carefully.take this medication for the prescribed amount of time, even if symptoms improve it in a cool, dry place far from heat and moisture.

What happens if i miss a dose?

Utilize the medicine as soon as you can; however, do not miss any missed doses if you are nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What happens if i overdose?

A zovirax overdose topical is not likely to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that someone has accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Do not get this medication in your nose, eyes, or mouth. If this happens, rinse it off using water. If you are treating an open sore that is cold, apply the treatment only to the outside of your lips.

Do not use other medicines on the areas that you are treating with zovirax topical unless your doctor has instructed you to.utilizing zovirax topical is not going to stop you from transmitting the genital herpes virus to others. Herpes-related infections are infectious and can spread to others, even if you're taking acyclovir.

Do not engage in sexual relations or use a condom made of latex to prevent transmitting the virus to other people. Be careful not to let infected areas come into contact with people. Avoid touching the affected area, and the next step is to touch your eyes. Cleanse your hands often to stop the spread of the infection.

Interaction with other drugs

Skin care products will not be affected by other medicines you take. However, many drugs interfere with each other. Be sure to inform your health care providers about the medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.