acyclovir ointment - topical, Zovirax
GENERIC NAME: ACYCLOVIR OINTMENT - TOPICAL (ay-SYE-kloe-vir)
BRAND NAME(S): Zovirax
USES: This medication is used to treat genital herpes, herpes infections of the skin, and oral herpes (i.e., cold sores). This medication does not cure herpes, but relieves the pain and may help the infection clear faster.
HOW TO USE: Begin using acyclovir as soon as symptoms of a herpes infection appear. For external use only. Clean and dry the affected areas before applying the medication. Apply to all sores as prescribed, usually every 3 hours, 6 times a day for 7 days, or as directed by your doctor. Apply enough ointment to adequately cover all sores. Do not use more often or for longer than prescribed.Use a finger cot or rubber gloves when applying to avoid spreading the infection. Avoid applying in the eyes.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 7 days of therapy.
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