Pediatric and Off-Label Indications for Zovirax
Shingles, genital herpes, and chickenpox are caused by viruses. Once a person has been infected with one of these viruses, it never goes away. It remains inactive in certain nerve cells of the body, waiting to become active again. Zovirax is an antiviral medication that helps the body fight the infection. It does this by preventing the virus from multiplying.
Zovirax is not approved for use in children less than two years old. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Zovirax for something other than the conditions listed in this article. Currently, off-label Zovirax uses include the treatment of:
- Other types of viral infections
- Prevention of chickenpox infections in those who have been exposed to the virus.