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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Zovirax (acyclovir): "The inhibitory activity of acyclovir is highly selective due to its affinity for the enzyme thymidine kinase (TK) encoded by HSV and VZV." See: htt ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Zovirax (acyclovir): "Zovirax is contraindicated for patients who develop hypersensitivity to acyclovir or valacyclovir." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/zovirax.html
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Slowly: Zovirax (acyclovir) will only speed up the healing of a cold sore by a day or two compared to how long it would have taken to heal without zovirax (ac ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
12 1/2-15 hours: The half life (time for elimination of half the drug) of acyclovir/zovirax is 2 1/2-3 hours in adults with normal kidney function. A drug is fully eli ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Despite the name, herpangina has nothing to do with herpes. It's caused by coxsackie virus, which cannot be treated with Valtrex (valacyclovir) or oth ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Oral medication best: the best way to treat herpes of the genital of lips is to take a pill. Options are Acyclovir, famcyclovir or valcyclovir. They work better than any cr ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: It does not. The virus is not active in the scars.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Herpes: Although there is no cure for herpes, some drugs have been effective in reducing the frequency and duration of outbreaks. It might be a good idea to d ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Neither: Neither is particularly effective. The best treatment to shorten the course of a cold sore or fever blister is oral valacyclovir or acyclovir, if it' ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
Almost none.: There is no significnat side effect(s) to talk about. It is safe so that at one time it's been considered to be categorized as otc medicine.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Effective: All kidding aside, impossible to give pronunciation over the internet.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Don ' t know: Acyclovir is an antiviral medication. Are you certain the doctor told you it was for gout?
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No : Valtrex (valacyclovir) is not used for the treatment of acne.
A 82-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
No: No side effects, but waste of money. No benefit from more than 1 week unless you have impaired immunity from a serious condition. Zovirax (acyclovir) ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Tsiouris
22 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Zovirax ointment (acyclovir 5%) can be applied to cold sores on the lips caused by herpes simplex virus up to 5 times per day for 4 days.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Pills are best: Vectavir is a brand name for penciclovir, an anti-herpes cream. Zovirax is a brand name for acyclovir, an anti-herpes drug that is available as a pil ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
It can...: Be used for suppression purposes for people with frequent episodes.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends: You can't compare them. Zovirax (acyclovir) is an antiviral agent used to treat herpes or shingles. Neosporin is a topical antibiotic used to treat ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Cream or oral?: Vectavir (penciclovir) is a cream for herpes. Zovirax (acyclovir) is available both as a cream and pills to be taken by mouth. Neither cream works ver ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience in Pediatrics
No.: It's an antiviral, and it has no significant antimicrobial effect.
A member asked:
Dr. Mike Siroky
Specializes in Urology
Herpes: Herpes is a virus that can affect the genitals, anus, mouth or other mucosal areas. Acyclovir is an antiviral agent that shortens the time of infectio ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Not flu: Valacyclovir (valtrex) only works on certain herpes viruses (mainly herpes simplex and varicella zoster). It has no activity against influenza (flu) ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: It's not more effective, but it's more convenient because you don't have to take it as often. Now that they're both generic, i always use valacyclovir ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience in Neurosurgery
Most Likely: Taking certain antiviral medications for herpes infections during the first three months of pregnancy does not increase a child's risk of major birth ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Mirabile
32 years experience in Gynecology
Herpes: All of the medications are effective in treatment of the herpes virus.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip S Steinfeld
60 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: If taken at first sign of outbreak at adaquate dosing(1500mgm as single dose) should be sufficient.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience in Family Medicine
All can work: All can work. Some experts feel the newer agents and especially valcyclovir are better, but each can help. The choice depends on several factors - how ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Zovirax (acyclovir): Side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) can include: hallucinations, psychosis, encephalopathy, seizures, coma, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, angioedema, ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic effective against some bacteria. Herpes is a virus, and Bacitracin has no activity against it.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes it will: Valtrex (valacyclovir) in correct dose will help clear genital herpes outbreak.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Acyclovir: At oral doses for herpes simplex, it is quite well tolerated but the higher oral doses for herpes zoster (shingles) can cause kidney problems if fluid ... Read More
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