Acyclovir Cream

When and How to Take Acyclovir Cream

General considerations for when and how to use the medication include the following:
  • Acyclovir cream is to be used on the lips and skin of the face; it is not to be ingested or to be used inside the mouth or nose.
  • You should use disposable rubber, latex, or similar gloves to apply acyclovir cream in order to prevent spreading the infection to other parts of your body. Or, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after each application.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Make sure to take acyclovir cream as directed by your healthcare provider.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard recommended dose of acyclovir cream, regardless of your age, weight, or other medical problems.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Acyclovir Cream Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions With Acyclovir Cream

Currently, there are no known interactions with acyclovir cream (see Drug Interactions With Acyclovir Cream).

What If I Take an Overdose?

An overdose of acyclovir cream through the skin is unlikely, as only a small amount of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, overdose symptoms may be possible if acyclovir cream is taken internally.
If you happen to overdose on this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Zovirax Cream Overdose for more information.)

Acyclovir (Zovirax) Cream

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