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Fever blisters: zovirax (acyclovir) cream or ointment is better?

Fever blisters: zovirax (acyclovir) cream or ointment is better?

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's given very early at the first onset of symptoms. ...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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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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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more convenient, because it doesn't have to be taken as frequently. My favorite way to treat cold sores is to have the patient take 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the very first sign of an outbreak, and then 2 grams 12 hours later. That two-dose course will shorten the duration of infection. ...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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Herpes on buttocks will zovirax (acyclovir) cream help?

Herpes on buttocks will zovirax (acyclovir) cream help?

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 discuss options with your doctor. If you have outbreaks often, you may want to consider taking an antiviral drug every day. Doctors call this suppressive therapy. The oral medications are more effective. ...Read more

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Which is best for herpes: acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

Which is best for herpes:  acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

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 often someone wants to or can take the med, for example. The main issue is usually cost and whether one or the other is covered by insurance. If not coverage, Acyclovir is much cheaper. ...Read more

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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

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

Not really-Antiviral: Well if you look at the definition, Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is a medicine that can inhibit the growth of viruses but the word antibiotic is usually reserved for those that destroy or inhibits the growth of bacteria. "an·ti·bi·ot·ic noun: antibiotic; plural noun: antibiotics a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms ". ...Read more

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Is acyclovir cream as useful as docosanol cream for treatment of oral blisters?

Is acyclovir cream as useful as docosanol cream for treatment of oral blisters?

No: Acyclovir is for the treatment of Herpes virus, and it is the treatment of choice of fever blisters (which are a form of herpes, not to be confused with genital herpes) Docosanol, if it has been effective for your blisters, then they are not herpes. But the two drugs are not interchangeable... ...Read more

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Which is better Valtrex (valacyclovir) and or zovirax for cold sores?

Both work well!: Everyone responds differently to different anti-viral medications! i usually start by prescribing zovirax (acyclovir) and see how a person responds! i often have the patient take 5 capsules a day and also have them apply the ointment to the lesion topically! if that doesn't help, we'll try valtrex! ...Read more

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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work better than acyclovir?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work better than acyclovir?

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

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Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Yes: If taken at first sign of outbreak at adaquate dosing(1500mgm as single dose) should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Can zovirax (acyclovir) be used with a lip balm?

Yes: Will not spread herpes. The purpose is NOT to dry the lips! Perfectly safe and OK to use together. BUT ACYCLOVIR{ZOVIRTAX} OINTMENT IS A WASTE OF MONEY. It is effective only orally, and oral valacyclovir is better. This is an ANTIVIRAL. To dry the lips will impair healing, not help it. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

Valacyclovir is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zovirax (Definition)

Zovirax is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more