Zovirax Cream (Acyclovir) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Zovirax Cream
Zovirax Cream is used for the treatment of cold sores on the lips or face caused due to herpes virus. Its generic name is Acyclovir, and it belongs to the category of antiviral medications. This drug is available in the form of a topical cream for application. It works by preventing the replication of the herpes labialis virus which is responsible for the condition. This medicine also reduces chances of recurrence of the herpes virus, and it can also be used for reducing the healing time of lesions and sores. Zovirax Cream only prevents the virus from multiplying and spreading to other people, but it does not completely eliminate the virus.
Side Effects for Zovirax Cream
Zovirax Cream may commonly lead to dryness or flakiness of the skin, cracked or dry lips, stinging or burning in the affected area, and itching. These side effects can be easily tolerated and subside as your condition improves. However, if any of these become unmanageable, you should stop using the cream and contact your doctor. Severe allergic reactions may also occur, such as difficulty breathing, itching, rashes, hives, chest tightness, excessive itching, swelling on the mouth, face, tongue or lips, and severe dizziness.
You should not buy Zovirax Cream if you are allergic to it or to any other ingredient in the formulation. Do not forget to wash your hands before and after using Zovirax Cream. Apply the cream only to the infected area without touching the surrounding area. Continue rubbing it in until it gets fully absorbed into the skin. Do not use any dressing or bandage on the area. Do not swim, bathe, or shower right after applying it. Zovirax Cream is not meant to be used for genital herpes or by children less than 12 years of age. Avoid using any other lip balm, sunscreen or cosmetic on the cold sores, as it may cause inflammation. If Zovirax Cream gets into your mouth, eyes or nose, you should flush the area with cool water. If irritation persists, seek medical attention immediately. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should use Zovirax Cream with caution, as it is not yet known whether it is safe in these situations or not.
Zovirax Cream Dosage
You should buy Zovirax Cream and start the treatment as soon as you notice the first signs of cold sores on your mouth. You will need to apply the cream 5 times a day for 4 days. You should continue using the cream even if you feel better. If you show no signs of improvement, your doctor may decide to increase the frequency of its application or use it for more than 4 days. Do not miss any scheduled appointments with your doctor, as he/she may need to adjust the dose as per your response to the treatment.
You should inform your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking at present, especially topical applications. Do not use any other cosmetic or medicinal product to relieve the side effects without consulting your doctor.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.