Zovirax Ointment

Generic Name: Acyclovir

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Zovirax ointment is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat herpes, including cold sores and genital warts.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Zovirax ointment works by lowering the ability of the virus to multiply in your body, thereby reducing your symptoms.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Zovirax ointment has been shown to help your lesions heal faster and help relieve pain.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Zovirax ointment exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms after you start using Zovirax ointment. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: temporary burning or stinging.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Zovirax ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Zovirax ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Apply sufficient quantity to adequately cover the affected area(s) every 3 hours, 6 times a day for 7 days.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Apply Zovirax ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Zovirax ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Start treatment as soon as possible after your symptoms start.

    Wear a finger cot or a rubber glove when applying Zovirax ointment.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not have sexual contact with your partner when you have any symptoms or outbreak of genital herpes.

    Do not use Zovirax ointment in your eyes.

    Do not breastfeed if you have herpes lesions near or on your breast.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Zovirax ointment at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Zovirax ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Zovirax ointment, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature in a dry place.