This medication is an antiviral drug used to prevent recurring herpes infections in the genital area. Although this medication does not cure herpes, it helps decrease pain and suffering, as well as speed up the healing of sores (if present).
Shingles, chickenpox, herpes virus infections of the genitals, skin, brain, and mucous membranes (lips and mouth), as well as widespread herpes virus infections in neonates, are all treated with Zovirax.
Zovirax vs Valtrex
- Both Zovirax (acyclovir) and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are antiviral medications that target the same viruses, but valacyclovir has a longer duration of action, allowing for fewer dosages to be taken each day.
- Both drugs are used to treat shingles, genital herpes, and cold sores.
Zovirax vs Abreva
- Antiviral drugs such as Zovirax (acyclovir) and Abreva (docosanol cream) are used to treat various herpes virus-related illnesses.
- This medication is an antiviral drug that treats shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes.
- Cold sores/fever blisters on the face or lips are treated with Abreva.
- When symptoms first emerge, start taking this medication as soon as possible.
- Any instructions for use that came with your drug should be read and followed carefully. For any clarification, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- Shake well the oral suspension liquid before measuring a dosage.
- To keep your kidneys functioning correctly while taking this medication, drink lots of water.
Zovirax Side Effects
- Purple or crimson pinpoint patches under your skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
- Alterations in conduct;
- Bewilderment, hallucinations;
- Little or no urine; difficult urination; swelling of feet or ankles; tiredness or shortness of breath are all indicators of kidney disease.
Immediately contact your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms.
- Take Zovirax for the full duration of your doctor’s prescription. Your symptoms may improve before the illness is completely cured.
- After the initial manifestation of symptoms, this medication treatment should be begun as soon as feasible (such as tingling, burning, blisters).
- Herpes infections are contagious and can spread to others even if you’re taking Zovirax. Allowing contaminated areas to come into touch with other persons should be avoided. Avoid rubbing eyes after touching an affected area. To avoid spreading the virus, wash your hands regularly.
Frequently Asked Questions
-How long should one take Zovirax for shingles?
For adults and children 12 years old and above 800 mg five times a day is typically taken for seven to ten days. Use and dose for children up to 12 years old should be determined by a doctor.
-How quickly does this medication take effect?
Effective results can be seen in as little as three days if used at an early stage of the symptoms.
-What to consider before taking this medication?
If you’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about the health hazards of using this medication.