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Brand Names: Zovirax Topical

Generic Name: acyclovir topical (Pronunciation: a SYE klo veer)

What is acyclovir topical (Zovirax Topical)?

Acyclovir topical (for the skin) is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection.

Acyclovir topical cream is used to treat cold sores.

Acyclovir topical ointment is used to treat genital herpes lesions.

Acyclovir topical will not cure or prevent herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Acyclovir topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acyclovir topical (Zovirax Topical)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dry, cracked, or peeling lips;
  • dryness or flaking of treated skin;
  • burning, stinging, or itching when the medicine is applied.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about acyclovir topical (Zovirax Topical)?

Acyclovir topical will not cure or prevent herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Acyclovir cream is used to treat cold sores. Acyclovir ointment is used to treat genital herpes lesions.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir. Acyclovir will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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