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acyclovir topical (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using acyclovir topical (Zovirax Topical)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to acyclovir or valacyclovir (Valtrex).

To make sure you can safely use acyclovir topical, tell your doctor if you have a weak immune system (caused by disease by or using certain medicines).

FDA pregnancy category B. Acyclovir topical is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Herpes virus can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. If you have genital herpes, it is very important to prevent herpes lesions during your pregnancy so that you do not have a genital lesion when your baby is born.

It is not known whether acyclovir topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. You should not breast-feed if you have a herpes lesion on or near your breast.

Acyclovir topical should not be used on a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use acyclovir topical (Zovirax Topical)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Treatment with acyclovir topical should be started as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters).

Wash your hands before and after applying acyclovir topical cream.

Apply only enough cream to cover the cold sore or tingly area. Rub in gently until the cream disappears. Acyclovir topical cream may be applied 5 times daily for 4 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Wear a glove or a finger cot or use a cotton swab when applying acyclovir topical ointment to avoid spreading the virus to other body parts and to other people.

Apply only enough ointment to cover the genital lesion(s) completely. This medication may be applied every 3 hours up to 6 times daily. Acyclovir topical ointment may be applied every 3 hours, up to 6 times daily for 7 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.

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

Lesions caused by herpes viruses should be kept as clean and dry as possible. Wearing loose clothing may help to prevent irritation of the lesions.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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