Compare Zovirax vs. Famvir
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Zovirax (Acyclovir) is good for treating viral infections like herpes, chickenpox, and shingles. It won't cure the disease, but it'll shorten the length of a breakout.
- Used as a first-choice treatment for herpes, chickenpox, and shingles infections and breakouts.
- Most people (including pregnant women) usually take the oral medication without experiencing any side effects.
- Available as a generic, so it's relatively cheap.
- Most people generally don't develop a resistance to Zovirax (Acyclovir).
- Works well for most people to shorten the duration of outbreaks.
- Zovirax (Acyclovir) is not a cure for herpes, chickenpox, or shingles. It will only shorten the time you have a breakout.
- If you're taking Zovirax (Acyclovir) for herpes, you should use barrier methods (condoms) when you're having sex since you can still pass it on to other people, even if you're taking the medication and you're not in a breakout.
- You need to take this up to five times a day, so it can be inconvenient.
- Herpes zoster
- Shingles Recurrent genital herpes simplex Recurrent genital herpes simplex
- Suppression Recurrent herpes simplex labialis
- Oral suspension
- Dissolving tablet extended release
- Cream, gel, or ointment
- Kidney damage
- Blood disorders
- Weakened immune system