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Dr. What better zovirax or denavir (penciclovir)?

Dr. What better zovirax or denavir (penciclovir)?

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 creams ...Read more

Acyclovir (Definition)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the ...Read more


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What are acyclovir (zovirax) side effects?

Virtually none: When taken orally, Acyclovir is extremely well tolerated. Side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Tell me about zovirax (acyclovir) side effect?

Tell me about zovirax (acyclovir) side effect?

Zovirax (acyclovir): Side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) can include: hallucinations, psychosis, encephalopathy, seizures, coma, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, angioedema, anaphylaxis, erythema multiforme, steven johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, tissue necrosis, hepatitis, renal failure, ttp, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, malaise, dizziness, arthralgia, confusion, photosensitivity, agitation and others. ...Read more

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Which is better: vectavir vs zovirax (acyclovir)?

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 pill or a cream. In general, pills are much more effective for herpes than creams. ...Read more

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Zovirax (acyclovir) vs. Vectavir. Which is better?

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 very well; if herpes treatment is needed, pills are always best. In other words, Vectavir and Zovirax creams are both poor treatments, but Zovirax pills usually are very effective. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) I should watch for?

What are the side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) I should watch for?

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 intake is not keep up and this can occur with the intravenous form. High levels of the drug retained with kidney dysfunction can cause CNS problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to begin preventing shedding after you start taking it?

How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to begin preventing shedding after you start taking it?

Zovirax (acyclovir): The answer to this question is unknown. I wouldn't zovirax (acyclovir) to prevent shedding. Even studies on the newer meds don't establish that "shedding" can be prevented. ...Read more

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How does zovirax (acyclovir) work?

DNA transcription: Zovirax or acyclovir prevents the production of viruses by throwing a wrench into the viruses' machinery for duplication or rather its ability to make new DNA. ...Read more

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Who should not take Zovirax (acyclovir)?

Zovirax (acyclovir): "Zovirax is contraindicated for patients who develop hypersensitivity to acyclovir or valacyclovir." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/zovirax.html ...Read more

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How long does it take for zovirax (acyclovir) to work? Help please

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 (acyclovir). Healing will take 4-5 days instead of 5-6 days. ...Read more

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How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to get out your system after you stop taking it?

How long does it take zovirax (acyclovir) to get out your system after you stop taking it?

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 eliminated after 5 half-lives. Therefore, for Acyclovir it will be completely eliminated 12 1/2-15 hours after taking the last dose. ...Read more

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What is the difference between zovirax (acyclovir) and abreva?

What is the difference between zovirax (acyclovir) and abreva?

One of them works!: To start, Zovirax (acyclovir) works and Abreva (docosanol) doesn't. Acyclovir is proved to be effective against HSV, when taken by mouth. Docosanol slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but research shows no effect on improved symptoms or faster healing. Even acyclovir cream doesn't work well -- much more ffective by mouth -- but it's for sure better than docosanol. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking tab zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes?

Zovirax (acyclovir): Side effects of zovirax (acyclovir) can include: hallucinations, psychosis, encephalopathy, seizures, coma, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, angioedema, anaphylaxis, erythema multiforme, steven johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, tissue necrosis, hepatitis, renal failure, ttp, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, malaise, dizziness, arthralgia, confusion, photosensitivity, agitation and others. ...Read more

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Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use zovirax cream? Have an important meeting.

Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use zovirax cream? Have an important meeting.

Yes: You can take these and attend the meeting No one will know except if you have lesions on an exposed place like your face. In that case you will have to decide if you want the infection known, as people are likely to ask. ...Read more

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Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Similar: Both are anti-viral medications made by different companies. For the most part, they work equally well. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is advantageous in that you need to take it less often. ...Read more

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