Zovirax — Treatment For Herpes Viruses
There is no cure for the viral infection herpes. That’s why treatment is so important. New treatments and possible vaccines are being studied every day but before a cure is found, millions of people depend on antiviral medications to treat their herpes and help them live a better, healthier life.
What is Zovirax?
Zovirax is one of these medications to help people treat their herpes outbreaks. Zovirax is the brand name for acyclovir. There are different forms of Zovirax. Your doctor will prescribe the one which is best for you. There are ointments, caplets, tablets and suspensions, and also injections.
Zovirax is sold by prescription only. If you intend on purchasing prescription over the internet, be sure you purchase from a credible source. If you are concerned with price, you may be able to purchase acyclovir at a cheaper price than the brand name of Zovirax but typically there is not much difference. You should never try to diagnose yourself or use any form of Zovirax without first consulting your doctor.
If you think you have herpes, only your doctor can give you a true diagnosis and a proper treatment plan. You should also notify your doctor if you are or plan to become pregnant. You should never stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first.
You should also know that even while on Zovirax you can spread herpes to other people. You should avoid all sexual contact during an outbreak of genital herpes. If you have an outbreak of oral herpes, you should also avoid kissing, sharing glasses or utensils and always wash your hands if you touch the area.
Injections are not used as often. They are sometimes used in the case of an initial outbreak and always under a doctor’s care.
Zovirax ointment is used for herpes simplex virus infection of the skin. It is not to be used in the eyes. Care should be used not to get it in the eyes or other mucous membranes. It can be used for initial and recurrent outbreaks. Zovirax ointment is applied about 5 times a day, or about every 4 hours. Treatment with Zovirax ointment typically lasts about 5 days. If after 5 days your symptoms have not disappeared, your doctor may suggest you continue treatment for another 5 days.
Zovirax suspension includes caplets and tablets and is a very common form of Zovirax in use. Tablets and caplets are used for treatment of herpes simplex, genital herpes, herpes zoster as well as chicken pox. Zovirax suspension is used for both initial outbreaks of genital herpes as well as recurrent outbreaks.
How Does It Work?
Zovirax works to treat the herpes virus by stopping the viruses from reproducing and infecting other cells of the body. By blocking the virus cells from reproducing, it keeps the virus from spreading and helps the body’s immune system fight off the virus. This makes outbreaks less severe, less frequent and may in time even prevent outbreaks from occurring in certain people.
Side Effects That You May Experience
Unfortunately, there are sometimes side effects with taking Zovirax although the side effects typically outweigh the effects of an outbreak. Some possible side effects may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sore throat
- Skin rash
If your side effects are severe or are bothering you, you should discuss them with your doctor right away so a solution can be found. Often another medication such as promethazine is prescribed with Zovirax to help with nausea. It also helps to take oral Zovirax with food or milk and not to lie down immediately after.