Zovirax cream is an antiviral agent used in the treatment of herpes zoster (shingles),
genital herpes and is also being used for herpes simplex (cold sores).
How To Take Zovirax:
Take this medication by mouth as directed. Take all this medication as prescribed. Do not
skip doses or stop taking this without your doctor's approval. Stopping therapy too soon
may result in ineffective treatment.
Zovirax Side Effects:
Nausea, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, stomach pain or dizziness may
occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these
effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if your
condition does not appear to improve or you experience a worsening of symptoms while
taking this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any kidney disease, blood disorders or if you have any
allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss
the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in
breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including
cimetidine or probenecid.
This medication is most effective if it is started within 48 hours of when the rash first
Try to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as
remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the
missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose
to catch up.
Store Zovirax at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 to 25 degrees C)
away from heat and light. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.