Precautions and Warnings With Acyclovir Cream
Precautions and warnings with acyclovir cream to be aware of prior to using the medication include the safety of using it when pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also keep in mind that the medication cannot treat genital herpes or herpes infections of the eye. Precautions and warnings with acyclovir cream also extend to people who have certain allergies.
Acyclovir Cream: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking acyclovir cream (Zovirax® cream) if you:
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Acyclovir CreamWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking acyclovir cream include the following:
- The medication is not intended for use in the eyes, and should not be used to treat herpes infections of the eye. It should only be used on the lips and skin of the face. Do not use it inside the mouth or nose. Also, acyclovir cream is not approved to treat genital herpes.
- There is no evidence that the medication prevents the spread of cold sores to other people. In addition, acyclovir cream will not help prevent an outbreak of cold sores.
- Acyclovir cream should be started as soon as possible after the first signs of an outbreak, as it is most effective when taken early in the course of the infection.
- Acyclovir cream is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using the drug while pregnant (see Zovirax Cream and Pregnancy).
- It is unlikely that acyclovir cream applied to the skin can pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Zovirax Cream and Breastfeeding).