Everyone has faced with the problem of colds on the lips and face. Of course, a rare person is serious about this unpleasant disease, but in fact, the cause is herpes infection in the mucosa or the skin, which can deliver the owner a lot of problems. Fortunately today there is a proven can that can quickly cope with a cold on lips – Acyclovir ointment.
Zovirax is released as an ointment with a white colour and a rather characteristic odor, or in the form of tablets. The active substance of this drug is a component of acyclovir. 100 g of the ointment contains not less than 5 g of this substance. The excipients of this drug are purified water, macrogol, and emulsion wax.
Zovirax is an antiviral drug which is effective against simplex as well as herpes zoster (the infection, which can affect the nervous system). The drug effectively stops the replication of the virus when you put it on the damaged surface. The drug is absorbed into the body not completely, but approximately 20%. The half-life of the drug does not exceed three hours, and it is excreted by the kidneys from the body.
Indications for use
The described product is recommended for use in case of diseases such as:
epidermal infections, which are caused by the herpes virus of the 1st or 2nd types;
infection of the genitals;
Zovirax prevents the growth of the area of infection and opposes the emergence of a new rash in case of herpes. This drug is able to relieve pain in the treatment of herpes zoster. In addition, Acyclovir is used to prevent infection caused by the herpes virus and immunosuppression after transplantation of organs or conducted chemotherapy. According to the instructions, this drug is able to strengthen the body’s defenses.
The dosage of Zovirax
You should take one tablet of the drug 5 times a day in order to fight the infections which were caused by herpes virus, or for prevention of diseases of adults and children older than two years old with low immunity. These groups of individuals need to take four tablets of Acyclovir 5 times a day in case of shingles. This drug is not prescribed to babies up to two years. The course of treatment should not exceed five days; however, it can be eight days in the case of treatment of herpes zoster.
Conjunctivitis is treated by laying up the ointment of Acyclovir in the conjunctive sack five times a day. The interval between procedures should be four hours. If you notice the appearance of herpes, it is necessary to lubricate the affected areas five times a day until complete disappearance.
The drug may cause side effects. This list includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and light allergic reactions. The instruction notes good toleration of drugs.
Pharmacologists say that Zovirax has no contraindications with the exception of intolerance to the active substance. In addition, there are no data on the use of Acyclovir during breast-feeding or pregnancy, and therefore the use of the drug in these cases is possible only under the supervision of a physician.