Zovirax is an antiviral used to treat shingles, chickenpox, or genital herpes. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Before using Zovirax
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Zovirax provided by your doctor. TAKE Zovirax with food or milk if it upsets your stomach. STORE Zovirax at room temperature, away from light and moisture. TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking Zovirax for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Zovirax, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE WITHIN A FEW DAYS or if they become worse, check with your doctor. IF YOU ARE USING Zovirax FOR GENITAL HERPES, begin using it as soon as you notice symptoms (pain, burning, blisters) of an infection. Use a condom during sexual intercourse. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Zovirax during pregnancy. If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using Zovirax during pregnancy. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Zovirax IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Zovirax, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Zovirax Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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If you take too much Zovirax
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
DO NOT SHARE Zovirax with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Zovirax for other health conditions. KEEP Zovirax out of the reach of children. IF USING Zovirax FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
Revision date: July 7, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD
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