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Zovirax Ointment is a topical antiviral medication made up of a drug called acyclovir. We carry the brand choice Zovirax Ointment in 5%!
Zovirax Ointment is used to treat genital herpes lesions. This is a common infection spread primarily through sexual contact. Once you have this virus, is stays dormant in your body and may reactivate several times a year. Genital herpes causes your genital area to become painful, itchy, and can cause sores to appear, although, some people with genital herpes have no symptoms. Those with no symptoms are still able to spread the virus to others. There is no cure for this condition at this time, however, using Zovirax Ointment, you should be able to find some relief in symptoms.
Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) is effective at treating genital herpes lesions because as an antiviral, it is able to stop the growth and spread of the herpes virus. This allows the immune system to work more easily and much quicker.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container.
Do not take this medication by mouth. Topical medications are meant for external skin use only. You should begin applying this medication as soon as symptoms appear. Always wash your hands before and after applying medical ointment. Only use a small amount of ointment-just enough to cover the genital lesions. Wear a glove, finger cot, or cotton swab when applying the ointment; this will help avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and other people.
Most patients use this ointment about 6 times per day for roughly 7 days.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Do not use Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir)
Do not use this medical ointment if you are allergic to acyclovir or valacyclovir (Valtrex), or if you are under the age of 12 years old.
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
Tell your doctor if you have ever had a weak immune system due to disease or medication.
It is not known if this medication will harm an unborn baby; speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medication when pregnant.
Do not breastfeed if you have a herpes lesion on or near your breast.
Common side effects of Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) may include:
allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
How old do you have to be to safely use this medication?
To use this medication, you must be at least 12 years old.
How should I store this medication?
Zovirax Ointment should be stored at room temperature in a low risk area of heat and moisture.
What if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can. If you next scheduled dose is approaching quickly, you may skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
What is the difference between the acyclovir ointment and the acyclovir cream?
Both are used to treat herpes, however, the cream form is used to treat herpes of the face (cold sores) and the ointment is used to treat herpes of the genital area (genital herpes/lesions).
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