Effects of Zovirax OintmentSeveral studies have looked at how effective Zovirax ointment is at treating herpes simplex infections in people with normal (healthy) or weakened immune systems.
Healthy Immune Systems
This ointment was studied as a treatment for genital herpes in people with healthy immune systems. For people who used it to treat their first genital herpes infection, the lesions healed more quickly, compared to people who did not use the ointment. For some people, the medication also helped the pain to go away more quickly and decreased the time that they were contagious.
Weakened Immune Systems
Zovirax ointment was studied to treat genital herpes and cold sores in people with weakened immune systems. It decreased the time that the lesions were contagious and helped the pain to go away more quickly.
When and How to Take Zovirax OintmentGeneral considerations for when and how to use this ointment include the following:
- The medication is to be used on the skin (including the mouth and genitals); it is not meant to be ingested.
- You should use disposable rubber, latex, or similar gloves to apply Zovirax ointment, in order to prevent spreading the infection to other parts of your body.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Make sure to use the ointment as directed by your healthcare provider.
Dosing InformationThere is only one standard recommended dose of Zovirax ointment, 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 Zovirax Ointment Dosage for more information.)