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ZOVIR 800MG TABLET contains Acyclovir, which belongs to the group of medicines called Antivirals. It is used to treat chickenpox, shingles, cold sores, genital herpes and other herpes simplex infections to prevent infections in people with a weakened immune system.
Cold sores, (a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals), genital herpes (a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus and symptoms include genital pain and sores, pain, itching and small sores).
Before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET inform your doctor if you have kidney problems. ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution among pregnant or breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
The most common side effects of taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET are headache, dizziness, feeling or being sick, diarrhea, stomach pain and rashes. Contact your doctor if the symptom persists.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET is used in the following conditions:
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses (herpes virus). It has a higher affinity for viral DNA cells than human DNA cells and incorporates into the viral DNA and causes DNA chain termination and inactivation, leading to the death of cells.
Take ZOVIR 800MG TABLET as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration for you depending on your age, body weight and disease condition.
Drink lots of fluids, such as water or fruit juice to keep you hydrated. Do not consume any medicine on your own without consulting your doctor.
If ZOVIR 800MG TABLET makes you feel dizzy, take rest until you feel better. Do not drive or operate machines.
Take rest and drink plenty of fluids. If not subsided. Consult your doctor if your symptom gets worse or persist.
Take simple meals and do not eat rich or spicy food.
Try to use an unscented moisturiser. If the symptom does not improve, contact your doctor.
Try to rest and relax. Eat smaller meals but take them frequently. Keep a heating pad on your stomach. If the symptom does not improve, contact your doctor.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution in pregnant women. Consult your doctor before taking it.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor before taking it.
Do not drive or operate any machines if you feel dizzy, drowsiness or asleep after taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution in patients with kidney problems. Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
Do not take ZOVIR 800MG TABLET if you are allergic to Acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution in elderly patients (aged above 75 years). Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
ZOVIR 800MG TABLET is not recommended for use if you:
Before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET, inform your doctor:
A. Drug-Drug interactions:
Before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicine:
If you or anyone else accidentally take too much of ZOVIR 800MG TABLET, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital. Symptoms of overdose are agitation, coma, seizures, lethargy etc.
|Therapeutic Indication||:||Chickenpox, shingles, herpes simplex virus|
|Dosage Forms||:||Tablet, Suspension, Syrup, Infusion, Injection, Cream, Ointment, Eye- ointment|
Q: Can ZOVIR 800MG TABLET be used to treat Urinary Tract Infections?
A: Yes. ZOVIR 800MG TABLET may be used to treat cystitis caused by the herpes simplex virus. Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
Q: What precautions do I need to follow while taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET?
A: Patients taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET must inform their doctor about their pre-existing disease conditions like kidney, heart, or liver problems and if they are elderly above 65 years.
Q: Can ZOVIR 800MG TABLET be used on pregnancy?
A: Yes. ZOVIR 800MG TABLET should be used with caution in pregnant women. Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
Q: Who should avoid taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET?
A: ZOVIR 800MG TABLET is not recommended for patients having kidney diseases or elderly above 65 years and patients with allergic history to acyclovir. Consult your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
Q: How long does it take for ZOVIR 800MG TABLET to show its effects?
A: ZOVIR 800MG TABLET works within 24-48 hours of administration.
Q: Can ZOVIR 800MG TABLET treat a bacterial infection?
A: No. ZOVIR 800MG TABLET is an antiviral drug used to treat herpes simplex virus, chicken pox, and shingles. Talk to your doctor before taking ZOVIR 800MG TABLET.
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Written By Dr. Dhivakaran R, BDS
Last updated on 21 Mar 2023 | 10:44 AM(IST)
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