Acyclovir Indications: HSV infection of the skin eg initial & recurrent genital herpes & herpes labialis.
Dosage: Apply 5 times daily approx 4 hrly omitting the night dose. Continue for 5 or 10 days if healing does not occur.
Zovirax cream is used for: Treating cold sores on the face or lips that are caused by the herpes virus. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Zovirax cream is an antiviral. It works by stopping viral replication.
However, Zovirax cream does not eliminate the herpes virus, it is not a cure, and it does not prevent transmission to others.
How to use Zovirax cream:
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using Zovirax cream. Wash and completely dry the affected area.
Apply the medicine only to the affected area and not to the surrounding skin. Gently rub the medicine in until it disappears.
Wash your hands after using Zovirax cream.
Do not rub the cold sore. Rubbing the cold sore may make it worse. It may also cause the cold sore to spread to other areas around your mouth. To clear up your infection completely, use Zovirax cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days. For best results, use Zovirax cream at the first sign of a cold sore (tingling, redness, itching, or bump).
If you miss a dose of Zovirax cream, 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 Zovirax cream.