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Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Information

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10), a prescription drug, is manufactured in various forms such as Tablet. Primarily, it is used for the treatment of Herpes, Shingles, Cold Sores. Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) also has some secondary and off-label uses. These are listed below.

The right dosage of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) depends on the age, gender, and medical history of the patient. Dosage also depends on the route of administration and your chief complaint for which the drug is prescribed. This information has been provided in detail in the dosage section.

Some other side effects of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) have been listed ahead. Normally, these side effects of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) are not long lasting and go away when the treatment is finished. However, if these continue for a longer time, consult your doctor right away.

In addition, Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)'s effect is Safe during pregnancy and Mild for lactating mothers. Warnings related to Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)'s effects on the liver, heart and kidney, if any, have been listed below.

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) can cause adverse effects in certain medical conditions. It is strongly recommended to avoid Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) in conditions like Kidney Disease. The section on Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) contraindications lists all such conditions.

Besides this, Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) may also have severe interaction with some medicines. See below for a complete list.

In addition to the above precautions for Zovirax 400 Tablet (10), it is important to know that it is safe while driving, and is habit-forming.



Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Benefits & Uses

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) is used to treat the following -

Other Benefits

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage
Adult
  • Disease: Chickenpox
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 800 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 4 daily
  • Course Duration: 5 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Geriatric
  • Disease: Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (HSE)
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 400 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: 10 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
  • Disease: Chickenpox
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 800 mcg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: 5 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
2 - 12 years (Child)
  • Disease: Chickenpox
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg/kg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: 5 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Infant (1 month to 2 years)
  • Disease: Chickenpox
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 20 mg/kg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: 5 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) safe for pregnant women?


    Pregnant women can take Zovirax without worrying about any side effects.

    Safe
  • Is the use of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) safe during breastfeeding?


    Side effects of Zovirax on breastfeeding women are very mild.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) on the Kidneys?


    Zovirax rarely affects the kidneys.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) on the Liver?


    Side effects of Zovirax rarely affect the liver.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) on the Heart?


    Zovirax is rarely harmful for the heart.

    Mild


Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) unless your doctor advises you to do so -



Frequently asked Questions about Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)

  • Is this Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) habit forming or addictive?


    No, you will not get addicted to Zovirax 400 Tablet (10).

    No
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


    Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) will not make you feel sleepy or drowsy. So you drive or operate machinery safely.

    Safe
  • Is it safe?


    Yes, Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) does not show any kind of adverse effect.

    Safe
  • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


    Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) is unable to treat or cure mental disorders.

    No

Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) Interactions with Food and Alcohol

  • Interaction between Food and Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)


    Taking Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) with food does not harm your health.

    Safe
  • Interaction between Alcohol and Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)


    Drinking alcohol while taking Zovirax 400 Tablet (10) may lead to slight side effects. If you experience any side effects, contact your doctor.

    Mild


Frequently asked Questions about Zovirax 400 Tablet (10)

Question about 5 years ago

Can Zovirax cause headache?

Dr. Gaurav MBBS , General Physician

Rarely, Zovirax causes a headache. It is an uncommon side effect of this medicine. If you experience a severe headache after taking this drug, take a mild painkiller, apply balms and take rest, even if the pain does not subside then discuss it with your doctor.

Question about 5 years ago

Can Zovirax cause fatigue?

Dr. Abhijit MBBS , General Physician

Rarely, Zovirax causes fatigue. It is a known side effect of this drug. However, the exact cause of fatigue is not known. If you experience tiredness after taking this drug, then try to take some rest even after that if you feel excessive tiredness then do discuss it with your doctor.

Question over 5 years ago

What is Zovirax?

Dr Anjum Mujawar MBBS, MBBS , Emergency Medicine

Zovirax is a brand name of acyclovir and it comes in different dosage forms such as a tablet, injection, and topical cream. It belongs to the class of drug known as antivirals. It is a prescription drug that is used in the treatment of infections caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) such as genital herpes and herpes labialis (cold sores). It is also used in the treatment of chickenpox and herpes zoster (shingles) which are caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV).

Question about 4 years ago

Can I take Zovirax with paracetamol?

Dr. Ramraj Meena MBBS , General Physician

Yes Zovirax can be taken with paracetamol. Paracetamol does not interfere with the efficacy of Zovirax. Hence, it is alright to take them together. However, if you feel any discomfort after taking this drug do not hesitate to inform your doctor.

Question almost 5 years ago

Does Zovirax cause hair loss?

Dr Anjum Mujawar MBBS, MBBS , Emergency Medicine

Yes, Zovirax might cause hair loss (alopecia) but it occurs very rarely. This problem goes away after discontinuation of this drug. For partial hair loss, you are advised to use hair tonic and discuss with the doctor for best possible treatment to hair loss.



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This medicine data has been created by -

Vikas Chauhan

B.Pharma, Pharmacy
5 Years of Experience



References

KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 798-800

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Zovirax® (acyclovir)

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