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Acyclovir Ointment
Acyclovir Ointment
Acyclovir Ointment

Acyclovir Ointment

Generic Name: Acyclovir (ay-SYE-kloe-veer)Brand Name: Zovirax

Acyclovir Ointment is used for:

Treating the symptoms of the first episode of genital herpes and limited non-life-threatening herpes simplex viral infections of the skin, lips, and genitals in patients with weakened immune systems.

Acyclovir Ointment is a purine nucleoside analogue. It works by stopping the virus from multiplying.

Do NOT use Acyclovir Ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Acyclovir Ointment
  • you are allergic to valacyclovir

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Acyclovir Ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Acyclovir Ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Acyclovir Ointment. Because little, if any, of Acyclovir Ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Acyclovir Ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Acyclovir Ointment:

Use Acyclovir Ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area.
  • Apply enough medicine to thoroughly cover all lesions. A one-half inch ribbon of ointment will cover about 4 square inches.
  • Use a finger cot or rubber glove when applying the ointment to avoid spreading infection.
  • Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Acyclovir Ointment.
  • Start therapy as soon as possible after the onset of signs and symptoms of herpes.
  • To clear up your infection completely, take/use Acyclovir Ointment for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If a dose is missed, use 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 use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Acyclovir Ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Acyclovir Ointment is not a cure for herpes simplex infections. Avoid sexual intercourse when symptoms or lesions are present to prevent infecting your partner. Acyclovir Ointment will not prevent you from transmitting herpes to others.
  • Acyclovir Ointment is for external use only. Do not use Acyclovir Ointment in or near the eyes or on the inside of the nose or mouth. If Acyclovir Ointment gets in your eyes, flush them with cool tap water.
  • Do not use Acyclovir Ointment to prevent future infections.
  • Acyclovir Ointment may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Use Acyclovir Ointment with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness have not been established.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Acyclovir Ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if Acyclovir Ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Acyclovir Ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Acyclovir Ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Swelling, pain, burning, stinging, or itching at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; itching; dizziness).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Acyclovir Ointment:

Store Acyclovir Ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly capped container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not leave it in a car in cold or hot weather. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Acyclovir Ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Acyclovir Ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Acyclovir Ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is summary only. It does not contain all information about Acyclovir Ointment. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Acyclovir Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Acyclovir Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • acyclovir Oral, Intravenous Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Acyclovir injection Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Zovirax Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Zovirax Consumer Overview

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