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US Brand Name Zovirax
Generic Name Acyclovir (Aciclovir)
Other Brand Name Ocuvir, Acivir, Zovirax
Manufacturer Micro Nova Pharmaceuticals, CIPLA, CIPLA/GSK, Ind-Swift Limited
Packing 10, 5
Form Tablet
Strength 200 mg, 400 mg, 800 mg

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Introduction

Generic Zovirax, the brand name of Acyclovir tablets, is a synthetic nucleoside analogue which is active against herpes viruses. The medication belongs to the antiviral family of medicines and is used to treat infections caused by viruses. This antiviral drug slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that body can fight with the infection. Although Zovirax will not cure herpes but it will reduce the infection symptoms. Illnesses caused due to herpes virus include cold sores, genital herpes, shingles and chicken pox. The medication is also used to help prevent the infections from coming back.


Use

Generic Zovirax is used in the treatment of viral infections such as chickenpox, shingles, cold sores and genital herpes. It is also found effective in the treatment of herpes virus infections of the genitals, skin, brain, mucous membranes and herpes virus infections in newborns. The medication also prevents recurrent genital herpes infections and though Zovirax will not cure herpes but it will provide relief from pain and discomfort and helps the sores to heal faster. The medication must also be used for other virus infections as determined by the doctor.


Side effects

Although generic Zovirax is a relatively safe drug but still one can experience some side effects. Side effects symptoms that are observed in different patients include headache, nausea, stomach ache, vomiting, loss of appetite and body swelling. However these side effects are mild and usually vanish with the continued usage of the medication. Patients who experience side effects like having problems urinating, feeling unusually weak, back pain should immediately consult with doctor to check possible medical alternatives.


storage

Zovirax must be stored at cool and dry place and must be out of the reach of children and pets. The tablets must be stored below 15 to 250 C and must be protected from heat, light and moisture that can break down and reduce the efficacy of the medication.


Composition

Generic Zovirax contain active ingredient acyclovir.


Important Precautions

Before taking generic Zovirax patients need to discuss their medical conditions with the doctors and should notify them if they are allergic to any of the ingredient of the medication or if they are suffering from any type of allergy. Patients suffering from any of the following conditions need to inform their doctor before taking the medication:

• Neurological disease • Dehydration • Convulsions • Kidney disease • Unusual or allergic reaction to acyclovir • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant • Breast-feeding


Dosage and administration

Zovirax must be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor as the dosage usually depends upon the patient condition and severity of the problems. However the initial Zovirax dosage for the treatment of Herpes is 800 mg of Zovirax taken after every four hours for seven to ten days. Patients of genital herpes are recommended with the dosage of 200 mg taken every four hours for ten days. For the treatment of chicken pox adults and children over 40 kg of weight are recommended with 800 mg of Zovirax taken four times in a day for the period of five days. The Zovirax tablet must be swallowed whole with a glass full of water and can be taken with or without food.


Overdosage

Zovirax is a very dosage specific drug and should overdose should be strictly avoided but in case if one has administered overdose of the Zovirax then immediate medical attention is necessary. Symptoms of overdose include urinating less than usual, convulsions or hallucinations.