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Weakened Immune Systems
Acyclovir ointment was studied to treat genital herpes and cold sores in people with weakened immune systems. The medication decreased the time that the lesions were contagious and helped the pain to go away more quickly.

When and How to Use It

General considerations for when and how to take acyclovir ointment include the following:
  • The medication is meant to be used on the skin (including the mouth and genitals); it is not meant to be ingested.
  • You should use disposable rubber, latex, or similar gloves to apply acyclovir ointment in order to prevent spreading the infection to other parts of your body.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to apply it exactly as directed by your healthcare provider.

Dosing Information for Acyclovir Ointment

There is only one standard recommended dose of acyclovir ointment, regardless of your age, weight, or other medical problems.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Acyclovir Ointment Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Currently, there are no known interactions with acyclovir ointment (see Drug Interactions With Acyclovir Ointment).

What If I Take an Overdose of Acyclovir Ointment?

An overdose of acyclovir ointment through the skin is unlikely, as it is not absorbed much into the bloodstream. However, overdose symptoms may be possible if the medication is ingested.
If you happen to overdose on this product, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Zovirax Ointment Overdose for more information.)

Acyclovir (Zovirax) Ointment

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