Zovirax , also medically referred to as acyclovir, is an antiviral medication used in the treatment of shingles , genital herpes and chickenpox . More specifically, this type of medication decreases the pain and itching associated with the diseases listed above and promotes healing.

Zovirax can be taken orally in tablet, capsule or liquid form or can be applied to the skin by means of an ointment, depending on what your doctor has prescribed.

Common side effects associated with Zovirax include burning or stinging upon application of ointment, headache, stomach ache, diarrhea and vomiting. More severe side effects which may require medical assistance include severe rash, severe itching, confusion, yellow skin/eyes, fever and stomach pain.

Zovirax may also be prescribed for other purposes, as directed by your doctor.

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