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Zovirax Ointment Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir ointment) is an antiviral drug used to treat cold sores and genital herpes. Zovirax is available in generic form. Common side effects of Zovirax Ointment include mild, temporary burning, stinging, or itching where the medicine is applied; dry, cracked, or peeling lips; or dryness or flaking of treated skin.
Zovirax Ointment should be applied in sufficient quantity to adequately cover all lesions every 3 hours, 6 times per day for 7 days. The dose size varies depending upon the lesions. Before using Zovirax, tell your doctor if you are allergic to valacyclovir, another antiviral medication. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as polyethylene glycol), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Our Zovirax Ointment Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
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Zovirax Ointment in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dry, cracked, or peeling lips;
- dryness or flaking of treated skin;
- burning, stinging, or itching when the medicine is applied.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Zovirax Ointment (Acyclovir Ointment)
What is Patient Information Overview?
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Zovirax Ointment Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Zovirax Ointment (Acyclovir Ointment)
What is Prescribing information?
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Zovirax Ointment FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In the controlled clinical trials, mild pain (including transient burning and stinging) was reported by about 30% of patients in both the active and placebo arms; treatment was discontinued in 2 of these patients. Local pruritus occurred in 4% of these patients. In all studies, there was no significant difference between the drug and placebo group in the rate or type of reported adverse reactions nor were there any differences in abnormal clinical laboratory findings.
Observed During Clinical Practice: Based on clinical practice experience in patients treated with ZOVIRAX Ointment (acyclovir ointment) in the US, spontaneously reported adverse events are uncommon. Data are insufficient to support an estimate of their incidence or to establish causation. These events may also occur as part of the underlying disease process. Voluntary reports of adverse events that have been received since market introduction include:
General: Edema and/or pain at the application site.
Skin: Pruritus, rash.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Zovirax Ointment (Acyclovir Ointment)
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