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Acyclovir (Zovirax) - Summary
Acyclovir, marketed under the brand name Zovirax, is an antiviral medication that is used in the management of infections caused by herpes viruses. Push Health can connect people who might need an acyclovir prescription with a medical provider who can prescribe acyclovir if safe and appropriate to do so,
Acyclovir - Mechanism of Action
Acyclovir (Zovirax) belongs to a class of medications known as synthetic nucleoside analogues. Acyclovir has been observed to have activity against herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 as well as the varicella-zoster virus. Acyclovir is thought to work by blocking replication of herpes viral DNA through disrupting enzymes and the viral DNA itself. Zovirax itself is generally used for the acute treatment of shingles, the treatment of genital herpes, and the treatment of chickenpox in selected patients. Acyclovir is similar to the antiviral medications famciclovir and valacyclovir (Valtrex). However, valacyclovir is the prodrug of acyclovir and tends to be more bioavailable. Viruses can become resistant to acyclovir and this often occurs because of changes in enzymes in the viruses. Acyclovir is sometimes used in the management of cold sores.
Acyclovir - Dosage
As Zovirax, acyclovir is available as capsules, tablets, and suspension. In tablet form, Zovirax (acyclovir) is available as acyclovir 400mg tablets and acyclovir 800mg tablets. Acyclovir itself is a white, crystalline powder. Acyclovir has a plasma elimination half life of approximately 3 hours. Acyclovir 400mg tablets are inexpensive, costing less than 10 cents per tablet at many pharmacies. Additionally, some insurance plans may cover some or all of the cost of acyclovir. Acyclovir coupons may also be available online for people who want to look for additional savings. Acyclovir (Zovirax) should be stored at 15° C to 25° C.
Can I Buy Acyclovir Online?
Acyclovir is a prescription medication and is not available over the counter in the US. As a result, one cannot simply buy acyclovir online. Instead, one needs a prescription from a medical provider first. Push Health can connect people who need an acyclovir prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe Zovirax when appropriate to do so.
Acyclovir - Side Effects
Acyclovir, like other medications, can cause side effects when used. Side effects related to acyclovir use include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, myalgia and headache. Acyclovir can cause hypersensitivity reactions and anyone who has had a previous hypersensitivity or allergy to acyclovir should not use the medication. Acyclovir and alcohol should not be used together. Concerns about side effects related to acyclovir use should be directed to a pharmacist and medical provider before use of the medication.
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Last updated November 14, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.