ZOVIRAX is used to treat chickenpox (varicella) or shingles (herpes zoster) and treating or suppressing genital herpes infections and it works by stopping viral replication.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
ZOVIRAX may be taken by mouth with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
You are suggested to take plenty of water while taking ZOVIRAX.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render ZOVIRAX ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming ZOVIRAX each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
ZOVIRAX falls under antiviral and it works by stopping viral replication.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
ZOVIRAX must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature below 25 degree C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in ZOVIRAX (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have kidney problems or a weakened immune system
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like medicines that may harm the kidney (eg, aminoglycoside antibiotics [eg, gentamicin], amphotericin B, cyclosporine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs] [eg, ibuprofen], tacrolimus, vancomycin) because the risk of kidney side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the kidney.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using ZOVIRAX. Discuss the effects and possible risks that ZOVIRAX usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using ZOVIRAX. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.