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Zovirax cream

Brand: GlaxoSmithKline

Prescription Prescription Required

Zovirax cream is composed of Acyclovir

Acyclovir is an antiviral medicine. It treats infections caused by the herpes virus including cold sores, and genital herpes. Acyclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. In addition, in people with a weakened immune system, acyclovir can decrease the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body and causing serious infections.


How To Use

  • Take acyclovir by mouth with or without food, usually 2 to 5 times a day as directed by the doctor.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking acyclovir unless your doctor directs otherwise.
  • If using the liquid form of acyclovir, shake the bottle well before each dose.
  • Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon.
  • Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
  • Acyclovir works best when started at the first sign of an outbreak, as directed by the doctor.
  • It may not work as well if the treatment is delayed.
  • Quantity is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
  • Do not increase your quantity or take this product more often than directed.

Expert Advice

Take this medicine with or without meals. To prevent GI upset, take this medicine with meals. 

Even if you feel better complete full course. 

Avoid sexual intercourse when visible lesions are present. 

Take ample amount of fluids to maintain hydration.

Primary Uses



  • Acyclovir is indicated for the treatment of genital herpes.
  • Acyclovir is indicated for treating long pains after the sores heal.
  • Acyclovir is indicated for decreasing the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the body, causing serious infections.

Side Effects

The patient administered with this medication may experience rash, headache, dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, renal (kidney) failure, hepatits (inflammation of liver), jaundice, GI upset, fatigue and fever.



No evidence of risk has been found. Pregnant females should consult their doctors before using this medicine.


The effects of this medicine is undetermined in lactating females. Consult your doctor before using this medication.


Its use has shown dizziness; therefore avoid using it while driving.


Its use has not shown any risk to the liver.


Its use has shown risk to kidneys; therefore avoid using it while having kidney problems.


The use of alcohol should be limited or avoided while using acyclovir.


Patients who are allergic to acyclovir or any of its components should consult the doctor before taking it. If taking any vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products are taken then consult the doctor before using acyclovir. If any sort of swelling is experienced, consult your doctor immediately.


  • Acyclovir is contraindicated for use in patients with acyclovir
  • Acyclovir should be used with extreme caution in patients with cold sores.


What is acyclovir?

It is an anti-viral medication and prevents the reproduction of the viruses. It is used in treating viruses such as herpes, which causes genital herpes and shingles.

Does stomach pain occur with the use of Acyclovir?

Researches show that the use of this medicine may cause stomach ache and other side-effects related to bowel such as diarrhea.

Can patients with kidney disease take this medication?

Patients suffering from kidney diseases should avoid using this medication. Please consult your doctor before using this.

Is this mediicine safe to use during lactation?

This medicine enters the breast milk therefore; it is recommended to consult your physician before using this drug during breast-feeding.

Can this medication cause hair loss?

Hair loss is a side effect that has been observed with the used of this drug. Please inform your doctor if you are experiencing this symptom.

Can I use this medicine during pregnancy and lactation?

This drug should only be used if absolutely needed. Inform your doctor before using this medicine in pregnancy and lactation.

How to administer this medicine?

This medicine can be administered through the mouth or intravenously. For using the injection form, supervision of a medical professional is necessary. The dosage is dependent on the age, condition and its severity.

What are its precautions?

1. Patients with kidney disease should be cautious 2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated 3. Elderly should be cautious

How to store this medicine?

Store this medicine at room temperature. Keep away from excessive light, moisture, and children. Read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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