Acyclovir (generic Zovirax)
Generic Name: E: ACYCLOVIR (ay-SYE-kloe-veer) - Zovirax
This medicine 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.
How to use this
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your
doctor. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.
STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature, away from light and moisture. TO
CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue taking this medicine 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 THIS MEDICINE, 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 THIS MEDICINE
FOR GENITAL HERPES, begin using it as soon as you notice symptoms (pain,
burning, blisters) of an infection. Use a condom during sexual
IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor
the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. If you are
or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using this
medicine during pregnancy.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE,
either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or
THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK.
IF YOU ARE OR WILL
BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your
doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
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.