What is this medication for?
This medication is
used for the management of initial or first time episodes of genital herpes infections. It
is an antiviral medication that helps to reduce the pain and severity of herpes
lesions or sores. Acyclovir works by preventing the herpes virus from replicating.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Zovirax® is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
Apply the medication
liberally to all the lesions every 3 hours, 6 times daily for 7 days as
directed by your doctor. A sufficient quantity of ointment should be
applied to adequately cover all lesions. When applying, wear a finger cot or
rubber glove to decrease the chances of spreading the infection to other sites
or other people. For this medication to be most effective, you should start using this medication as soon as possible following the onset of signs and symptoms (such as tingling, redness, itching, or a bump).
This medication should not be swallowed, used in the eye, or applied to inside surfaces of the mouth. This medication is for use on external skin surfaces.
Store this medication at room temperature (59°F to 86°F) away from heat,
light, moisture, and out of reach of children.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use acyclovir if you are
allergic to acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any ingredients of the medication.