Zovirax & Valtrex Treatments for Herpes

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The generic name for Zovirax is Acyclovir.

Acyclovir fits into a group of medicines known as anti-viral medicine, which is effective against preventing infections caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) like herpes and genital herpes. It also helps relieve and prevent recurrent infections from the varicella zoster virus (VSV), such as, chickenpox and shingles.

Acyclovir works by slowing down the spread and growth of the herpes virus, which allows the body to fight the infection and help to prevent reoccurrence. Acyclovir does not cure herpes, but help to lessen the symptoms in the infections.

Take Acyclovir as directed by your Doctor. Take each dose with a full glass of water and drink plenty of water regularly, to help keep your kidneys healthy and functioning properly. Acyclovir does not need to be taken with food, but if taken with food it may help decrease stomach upset. You need to take Acyclovir for the full length of time prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms get better.

Take only under doctors directions. Refer to Dosage Information for a guide to dosages for different ages and infections.

Herpes is a contagious infection and you can infect other people, even while taking Acyclovir. Avoid infected areas from coming into contact with other people.

For information on possible side effects, refer to Risks and Side Effects.

NOTE: The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before taking the product


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