A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is Zovirax Cream?
Zovirax Cream is a prescription-only topical antiviral cream for the treatment of Herpes Simplex virus infections in adults and children. The active ingredient is aciclovir BP 5.0% w/w which is highly effective against herpes simplex virus types I and II and varicella zoster virus. Zovirax cream is available in 2g or 10g aluminium tubes with plastic screw caps.
What is Zovirax Cream used for?
Zovirax Cream is used to treat skin infections caused by the Herpes Simplex virus such as herpes labialis (cold sores) and genital herpes.
How to use Zovirax Cream?
Zovirax Cream should be applied topically to lesions (or impending lesions) five times each day at approximately four hourly intervals (avoiding a night time application). Zovirax Cream should not be applied to the eye, inside the mouth or inside the vagina as it will irritate these areas. Zovirax Cream should not be refrigerated or stored above 25C and has a shelf life of 3 years.
In adults and children, Zovirax Cream should be applied five times a day for at least 4 days for herpes labialis and 5 days for genital herpes. If healing does not occur within this time frame, treatment may be extended for up to an additional 5 days.
Some people may experience the following side effects after using Zovirax Cream:
- Transient burning/stinging immediately after application;
- Mild drying/ flaking of the skin;
- Erythema (redness);
- Contact dermatitis;
- Angioedema (swelling of the lower layer of the skin);
- Urticaria (hives).
See the package leaflet for more information on side effects.
Who should not use Zovirax Cream?
Zovirax Cream is not suitable for anyone who is hypersensitive to any of the ingredients.
Pregnancy /driving ability / alcohol
Due to a lack of evidence, Zovirax Cream should only be used during pregnancy when the potential benefit is considered to outweigh the potential risks. Zovirax Cream can be used during breastfeeding.
Zovirax Cream has no effect on the ability to drive and use machines.
Zovirax Cream is not thought to interact with alcohol.