Clinical Effects and Treatment Guidelines for Zovirax
For people who took Zovirax to treat their first genital herpes infection, the lesions healed more quickly and were painful for a shorter period of time, compared to those who did not take the drug.
Studies also showed that Zovirax helps prevent genital herpes outbreaks in people with frequent recurrences (six or more outbreaks per year). In these people, the medication reduced the frequency and severity of outbreaks.
In studies, Zovirax helped chickenpox lesions to heal 50 percent faster, reduced the number of lesions, and decreased the chance of fever or loss of appetite. In these studies, the medication was used within 24 hours after the appearance of chickenpox in children.
General considerations for when and how to take Zovirax include the following:
- The medication comes in the form of tablets, capsules, and a suspension (oral liquid). An injectable form (used for more serious herpes infections), cream, and ointment are also available.
- Zovirax can be taken with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Be sure to shake the liquid form thoroughly before each dose.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Make sure to take Zovirax as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
The dose of Zovirax your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- The condition being treated
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zovirax Dosage for more information.)