Acyclovir (Zovirax) is primarily used to treat outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus, but it is also used to treat outbreaks of shingles. Acyclovir offers relief to many people suffering from these conditions and provides a way to control their symptoms and duration of outbreaks. Patients are then able to lead a more normal lifestyle.
Acyclovir is designed for episodic therapy, which means once you have a breakout you can use Acyclovir to treat it. The pill is to be ingested orally a certain number of times per day depending on the specific kind of treatment you are seeking. Consult with your doctor for specific instructions.
Side effects of Acyclovir may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. This information is for your benefit, but cannot replace the advice of your doctor. Only a doctor can assess the risks and benefits of this product based on your own personal medical history. Please keep all prescription medications out of the reach of children.
Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) which is able to lie dormant for years even before an outbreak occurs. Generally, the first signs of an outbreak are small sores. They can be as small in number as one and grow in size and sensitivity as well as excrete blood and pus until treated. It is important to remember, that even during periods of remission, it is still possible to spread the herpes virus to others.
Classic early warning signs for shingles include:
Once you start showing these signs, a rash may develop in the days that follow. The rash can be very sensitive, itchy and painful, and generally resemble a red shingle-like rash of clustered blisters that can fill with pus. Shingles generally surface on the back and shoulders.
Valtrex is best for people who suffer from severe or frequent breakouts and is used for suppressive therapy while Acyclovir is best for people who have few and/or mild breakouts. It is important to remember that none of these medications can prevent the spread of the herpes virus to others.