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Zovirax 400 MG Suspension

Manufactured byGlaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
ContainsAciclovir
Description

Zovirax 400 MG Suspension is an antiviral agent that is used in the treatment of viral infections such as genital herpes, shingles, chickenpox, etc caused by herpes zoster and varicella-zoster.

Substitutes

List of substitutes for Zovirax 400 MG Suspension

Ocuvir Susp 400 MG Suspension
Fdc Ltd.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Zovirax 400 MG Suspension

  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Fever with chills
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Rashes

Uses of Zovirax 400 MG Suspension

What is it prescribed for?

  • Genital Herpes
  • Chickenpox
  • Herpes Zoster Infection (Shingles)
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit forming tendencies have been reported.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to acyclovir, or any other inactive ingredients present along with the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Hydration

This medicine may increase the risk of kidney injury when taken with other medicines that cause kidney injury. Adequate water should be consumed to prevent the accumulation of medicine.

Kidney diseases

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the risk of worsening of the condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Elderly population

This medicine should be used with caution in the elderly population with kidney injury or liver injury due to an increase in the risk of neurological problems. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Vaccination for viral infections

Vaccination with varicella and zoster vaccines along with this medicine may reduce the response to vaccines or may cause an infection. It is advised to receive the vaccine at least 24 hours after the acyclovir treatment.

Missed Dose

Take/Administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Phenytoin

Tacrolimus

Sulfasalazine

Tizanidine

Zoster vaccine live

Varicella virus vaccine

Disease interactions

Impaired kidney function

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the risk of worsening of the condition. Report the doctor if you experience unusual symptoms such as sudden weight gain, changes in the frequency of urination, etc. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take/Administer this medicine with or without food. Do not take/administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by inhibiting the multiplication of the virus and thereby reducing the severity of the infection.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiviral agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Aciclovir 200mg/5ml Oral Suspension - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (emc) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2020 [cited 4 May 2020]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/76/smpc

[Internet]. India-pharma.gsk.com. 2020 [cited 4 May 2020]. Available from:

https://india-pharma.gsk.com/media/701408/zovirax-oral-formulations.pdf

Acyclovir - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 6 December 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00787

DailyMed - Acyclovir suspension [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2020 [cited 4 May 2020]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a4c1305c-f18c-4fb0-83d8-2822341f2dfa
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Information on this page was last updated on 4 May 2020

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