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Zovirax ointment is available by prescription and is used for treating genital herpes and cold sores. These conditions are caused by the herpes simplex virus, and the medication works by preventing the virus from multiplying. The ointment is to be used on the skin and should not be ingested. Common side effects include mild pain, itching, and swelling.
What Is Zovirax Ointment?Zovirax® ointment (acyclovir ointment) is a prescription antiviral medication approved for the following uses:
- Treating an initial genital herpes infection (but not for subsequent outbreaks) in people with normal immune systems
- Treating non-life-threatening genital herpes or cold sores in people with weakened immune systems (such as those with HIV or AIDS).