Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S

Description
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is prescribed for the treatment of herpes, shingles, chickenpox, and similar viral illnesses
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S contains acyclovir (an antiviral agent)
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to adults and children as well
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is to be taken orally (via mouth)
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Type

Tablet

Feature

200mg

Unit

'S

Formula

Acyclovir

Composition

Acyclovir 200 mg

Brand

GSK Consumer Healthcare

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About 

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is grouped in the chemical family known as antivirals.This particular drug is prescribed to patients diagnosed with Herpes Varicella-Zoster virus,that causes painful rashes and/or blisters,that can occur anywhere on the body;otherwise known as chickenpox and/or shingles.It is imperative to know that Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is also commonly prescribed to patients who are immunocompromised as a way of protecting them from ever contracting the virus;this also decreases the risk of spreading the virus.

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to patients of all ages but for patients aged 2 years and above,dosage is entirely dependent on each individual’s weight and severity of illness.For women who are pregnant or planning to start a family Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may be prescribed only when necessary and under the supervision of a physician.Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is found in breast milk in trace amounts and is therefore prescribed quite rarely to breastfeeding mothers.

Side effects such as dizziness,headaches or stomach problems may be felt at the start of treatment with Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S,these adverse effects tend to resolve on their own in a few days time.While undergoing treatment with Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S,the physician may ask the patient to get certain lab work done periodically to monitor the effects of the drug on the patient’s body and monitor the patient’s blood pressure,liver enzyme levels and kidney function.Accordingly the physician may change the dosage of the drug prescribed.

Indications

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S can be used to treat:

  • Herpes Zoster Virus 
  • Herpes Varicella Virus 
  • Patients susceptible to contracting the virus 

How Does Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S Work

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S effectively hinders the action of an enzyme known as DNA polymerase that is responsible for viral replication in the body.

How To Use Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is meant to be ingested orally (by mouth) with or without food.Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S ought to be ingested whole if patients are unable to swallow Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S then it’s advisable to ingest drug in its syrup form.

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule as that will lead to serious adverse effects. If this happens very often, try setting an alarm as a reminder. 

Dosage 

Adult Dosage 

A tablet a day is commonly prescribed to patients aged 18 years and above

Child Dosage 

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to patients aged 2 years and older. The dosage for each individual is based on their weight and age.

Elderly Dosage 

For elderly patients who are susceptible to kidney and liver problems, a lowered dose of Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may be prescribed under the care and supervision of a physician.

Pregnancy Use And Lactation

For women who are pregnant or planning to start a family Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may be prescribed only when necessary and under the supervision of a physician. Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is found in breast milk in trace amounts and is therefore prescribed quite rarely to breastfeeding mothers.

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S:

  • Allergy to Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S or any other medicine or food substance 
  • Severe dehydration 
  • Moderate to severe Kidney disease 
  • Low platelet levels in the body
  • Low red blood cells level in the bloodstream 
  • Breastfeeding mother 
  • Mental health problems 
  • Patients with sensitive skin 

Precautions

Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions before they use Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S:

  • Mild to moderate Kidney impairment
  • Mild to moderate liver impairment 
  • Elderly patients 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Patients with a history of skin cancer 

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S:

  • Other antiviral drugs 
  • NSAIDs (such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin etc)
  • Amphotericin B 
  • Certain antibiotics (such as  Amikacin, Gentamicin and etc)
  • Cyclosporine 
  • Probenecid 
  • Drugs used to treat HIV (such as  Retrovir)
  • Pentamidine 
  • Sulphonamides (such as  Sulphamethoxazole)
  • Vancomycin 
  • Tacrolimus 
  • Cimetidine 
  • Mycophenolate mofetil 

Adverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines,Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S has certain side effects which include:

  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Stomach problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Muscular aches

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S

Rare Adverse Effects

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt, the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor.

  • Allergic reaction
  • Swelling of hands and feet 
  • Changes in vision 
  • Difficulty in breathing 
  • Fainting 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Light sensitivity

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Feeling dizzy (lightheaded) or weak –If the medication makes you feel dizzy or weak, stop what you’re doing and sit or lie down until you feel better and do not rise too fast or immediately from sitting or lying down position to a standing posture. Do not drive or use tools or machinery in case of any of these effects.
  • Muscular Aches And Pains- A hot or cold compress can be placed at the area of discomfort to bring relief; an over-the-counter pain reliever such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be ingested to bring ease as well. Avoid high-intensity exercise while suffering from muscular pain.
  • Headaches- In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe
  • Feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting) or diarrhea –Avoid eating rich or spicy food. It might help to take medication after food. If you’re sick, try drinking small, frequent sips of water.
  • Fatigue- Patients experiencing this adverse effect, are advised to take deep breaths,intake tea or coffee,get a good night’s rest and not to overburden themselves for a few days.
  • Photosensitivity – patients are asked to wear sun protective clothes when going outside including gloves and hat,to apply generous amounts of broad spectrum sunblock along with wearing sunglasses.Patients are advised to do all necessary work after sunset so as to reduce or eliminate sun exposure while undergoing treatment with Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S.

Key Facts About Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S

  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is prescribed to treat Herpes zoster and/or varicella virus 
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is prescribed to be taken once or twice daily
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to patients under the age of 2 years
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may cause headaches,dizziness and stomach problems
  • Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may lead to skin sensitivity 

FAQs

#1.HOW TO STORE Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is to be kept away from the reach of children,in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#2.CAN I TAKE Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S DURING MY PREGNANCY?

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is deemed safe to be prescribed to pregnant women if and when absolutely necessary after careful consideration and care by the physician.

#3.WHAT IF I TAKE TOO MUCH OF Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

 In case of too much consumption by accident, kindly contact your doctor or nearby hospital straight away. The amount of medication that can result in severe side effects varies from person to person. An overdose results in slowing down of heart rate and difficulty breathing accompanied by dizziness and fainting spells.

#4.WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE OF Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dosage time or next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.

#5.HOW IS Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN?

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is meant to be ingested orally (by mouth) with or without food.Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S ought to be ingested whole if patients are unable to swallow the tablet or use the drug in its powder form.

#6.WILL Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S AFFECT MY SEXUAL ACTIVITY?

No,there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in libido.

#7.WHAT ARE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

  • Headache 
  • Dizziness 
  • Stomach problems 
  • Skin rash 
  • Abdominal cramps 
  • Fatigue

#8.WILL Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S AFFECT MY FERTILITY??

No,there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in fertility.

#9.WHAT LAB TESTS WILL BE PRESCRIBED WHILE TREATMENT WITH Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S AND HOW OFTEN?

Kidney and liver function tests along with blood tests to keep check on serum potassium levels are advised to be done periodically 

#10.IS IT SAFE TO HAVE PAINKILLERS WHILE TAKING Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

Yes.Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol are safe to be ingested along with Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S under the supervision of a doctor.

#11.IS IT SAFE TO HAVE Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S WHILE LACTATING?

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S has been discovered in trace amounts in breast milk,this may have adverse effects on the child and therefore,Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is rarely prescribed to breastfeeding mothers.

#12.CAN Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S CAUSE DIZZINESS? IF SO, HOW SHOULD I MANAGE IT?

Yes. It can cause dizziness as one of the most common side effects. If this happens, you should sit or lie down until the symptoms pass. However, please note this is temporary and usually goes away as the treatment continues. It is also advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol during the course of your treatment, as it may worsen the dizziness.

#13.HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO CONTINUE TAKING THE MEDICATION?

Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S is a long term treatment drug and may be prescribed to be ingested for the remainder of a patient’s life or as advised by a doctor

#14.WHY MUST I PROTECT MY SKIN FROM THE SUN WHILE TAKING Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S?

Treatment with Zovirax 200mg Tablet 25 ‘S may lead to the skin becoming sensitive to sun damage and it is therefore recommended to patients to wear sunscreen at all times,along with hats and gloves whenever possible to protect themselves from sun damage.