Zovirax Can Help Slow the Herpes Virus
Zovirax is an antiviral drug that is commonly prescribed to people who suffer from herpes. Zovirax can help slow the growth and spread of the herpes virus, but it will not cure it. The herpes virus includes illnesses such as genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox.
You should ask your doctor about taking Zovirax as soon as you notice the first appearance of symptoms, such as tingling or blisters. Herpes infections are contagious, so you should avoid contact of the infected areas with others if possible, even if you are taking Zovirax. Also frequently washing your hands can help prevent giving the virus to others. If you are taking Zovirax for genital herpes, avoid sexual contact or use a latex condom to prevent spreading of the virus. Avoid touching the infected area then touching your eyes.
Each dose needs to be ingested with an entire glass of water. You should also drink plenty of water while taking Zovirax to help keep your kidneys working properly. You don’t have to take the medication with food, but if you experience an upset stomach, you can take it with food to help lessen the effect. You may begin to feel better before you have finished your prescription, but you should continue to take it as prescribed until all is gone. You should keep any lesions caused by your virus clean and as dry as possible. If the lesions become irritated, try wearing loose clothing to help prevent the irritation.
Do not take more Zovirax than prescribed. You can overdose on this medication. Overdose symptoms include seizures, hallucinations, and less urination than normal. If you notice any of these symptoms, call for medical help immediately. Allergic reaction effects of Zovirax are hives, difficulty in breathing, and swelling of your tongue, lips, or fact. Another side effect can be less urination that usual. If you notice this, call your doctor to let him or her know immediately. If you notice nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, headache, lightheadedness, or swelling in your feet or hands, these are less serious side effects, but you should still speak to your doctor about them.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.