Zovirax (Acyclovir) is an antiviral medication that is used to treat and prevent genital herpes. It may also be used to treat shingles and chickenpox. These infections are caused by viruses. Acyclovir slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. It also helps healing by stopping the virus from multiplying and spreading to the healthy cells.
We currently have the brand Aciv by Zee Lab from India and the generic from India and UK. This medication is available in the strength of 200mg, 400mg, and 800mg tablets.
Common side effects include:
• Behaviour changes;
• Fluid retention;
• Joint or muscle aches;
• Loss of hair
Serious Side effects include:
• Difficulty breathing;
• Loss of consciousness;
• Tingling, numbness or shakiness;
• Unusual bleeding or bruising;
• Yellowing of skin or eyes
You should not take Zovirax if you are allergic to Acyclovir or valacyclovir. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical conditions and about all the medications you are currently taking including OTC and herbal medications. Herpes infections are contagious. Do not let the infected areas come into contact with other people. Zovirax is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Inform you doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Herpes virus can be passed from a mother to the baby during childbirth. Do not take Zovirax without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.