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Zovirax Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Zovirax
Generic Name: acyclovir (oral) (Pronunciation: a SYE klo veer)
- What is acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- What are the possible side effects of acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- How should I take acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zovirax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zovirax)?
- What should I avoid while taking acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- What other drugs will affect acyclovir (Zovirax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is acyclovir (Zovirax)?
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.
Acyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses. Illnesses caused by herpes viruses include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox.
Acyclovir may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Acyclovir 200 mg-APO
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Acyclovir 200 mg-PAR
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Acyclovir 200 mg-PP
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Acyclovir 200 mg-RAN
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Acyclovir 200 mg-SCH
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Acyclovir 200 mg-TEV
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Acyclovir 200 mg-UDL
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Acyclovir 200 mg-WAT
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Acyclovir 200 mg-ZEN
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Acyclovir 400 mg-APO
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Acyclovir 400 mg-NOV
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Acyclovir 400 mg-PAR
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Acyclovir 400 mg-PP
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Acyclovir 400 mg-RAN
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Acyclovir 400 mg-TEV
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Acyclovir 400 mg-WAT
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Acyclovir 400 mg-ZEN
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Acyclovir 800 mg-APO
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Acyclovir 800 mg-PP
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Acyclovir 800 mg-SCH
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Acyclovir 800 mg-TEV
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Acyclovir 800 mg-WAT
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Acyclovir 800 mg-ZEN
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Zovirax 400 mg
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What are the possible side effects of acyclovir (Zovirax)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- pain in your lower back;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- easy bruising or bleeding; or
- unusual weakness.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain;
- headache, feeling light-headed; or
- swelling in your hands or feet.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Zovirax (acyclovir) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about acyclovir (Zovirax)?
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated.
Treatment with acyclovir should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters).
Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir. Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection to others.
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