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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.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) may include:

dryness or flaking of treated skin; or burning, stinging, or itching when the medicine is applied.

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.


What is Acyclovir ointment?

Acyclovir ointment is a medical ointment containing 5% Acyclovir sold as the brand-name Zovirax ointment. It belongs to the drug class called synthetic nucleoside analogues. We carry the brand-name product at My Drug Center, available to those with a valid prescription.


What is Acyclovir ointment used for?

Zovirax ointment is mainly used for the treatment of genital herpes, specifically the first outbreak to occur. Genital herpes is caused by a virus called herpes simplex, which exists as two different strains. Type 2 herpes simplex is usually responsible for genital herpes while type 1 herpes simplex is commonly responsible for cold sores, which can also be treated using Zovirax ointment, however; Zovirax cream is usually a better option for cold sores than Zovirax ointment, also available at My Drug Center.


How does Zovirax work?

Acyclovir works by slowing the growth and spread of the virus which is done after multiple conversions of the drug during metabolism. Once it enters your body, the action of viral thymidine kinase (a virus enzyme) converts Acyclovir into its Monophosphate form, and shortly after, the guanylate kinase enzyme converts Acyclovir from its Monophosphate form into its Diphosphate form. Finally, it is then converted from its Diphosphate form into Acyclovir Triphosphate; this form of Acyclovir competitively inhibits viral DNA polymerase (which is needed for the virus to replicate their genomes), incorporates into the growing viral DNA chain which results in its termination, and inactivates the polymerase.


How long does Acyclovir take to work?

This medication begins to work fairly fast but the exact amount of time will vary between each individual. You may notice an improvement within the first few days of treatment, with more severe conditions taking an extra day or two. If your condition does not improve after a week of treatment, you should consult with your doctor.


Where can I buy Zovirax ointment?

You can purchase the brand-name product (as well as the generic alternative) from the comfort of your own home through My Drug Center. Online Canadian Pharmacy services like My Drug Center make it possible for you to order medication internationally without having to leave your home. Additionally, international prices are commonly much cheaper than what you would generally find at local United States pharmacies. So not only is filling your prescription through My Drug Center easy, but also easier on the wallet. You can place an order by calling our toll free number of 1-877-385-8998; keep in mind, you will require a valid prescription for this medication.

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