Zovirax is an antiviral drug, which is used to control the herpes virus. It enables your body to fight the infection and thus not let it spread. Zovirax is not a remedy for herpes. This drug fundamentally lessens the symptoms of this virus. It is used to treat infections caused by herpes. These viruses include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox. This medicine can be used for other purposes, apart from those outlined in the formal prescription.
You should shake the Zovirax suspension well just before taking in. Take the drug according to the presciption of your doctor. Use a spoon or a marked measuring medicine cup to be sure of the quantity you consume. Take this medicine with a glass full of water. It can be taken before or after your meal; there is no need to have an empty or full stomach. It is advisable to complete the full course of your medication, even if you feel better after a few days. If you miss a dose, you must not take extra medicine to make it up. Just follow the regular schedule of dosage.
You should start taking Zovirax as soon as you identify symptoms like tingling, burning or blisters. If you are allergic to any medicine, do consult your doctor before starting Zovirax. If you have kidney disease, then also you need to inform your doctor as this medicine can be harmful to kidneys. Pregnant women have to be careful, as the herpes virus can be transferred from the mother to her baby. They should take this drug in consultation with their doctor.
As herpes infections are transferrable, other people can get infected by you. For this reason, you should be careful and make sure that that the infected part of your body does not come into contact with other people.
Just as with all medicines, Zovirax can also cause some side effects. Some serious side effects include pain in the lower back, urinating less than usual or not at all, easy bruising or bleeding or unusual weakness. Although these side effects are rare and not very serious, it is advisable to see your doctor if any of these appear. Other normal and more common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, headache, feeling light-headed, or swelling in your hands or feet. Though the probability is less, you should consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Tabs: 200 mg 5 times/day
Possible side effects:
- dry or cracked lips
- flakiness or dryness of skin
- burning or stinging feeling of the skin
- itching of the skin
- nausea and vomiting
- skin reactions such as rash and itch