Zovirax (Acyclovir)

Photograph of Zovirax (Acyclovir) under the microscope.

Acyclovir is an antiviral agent that is active against the herpes virus infections of the genitals, skin, brain, and mucous membranes. The drug is also used to treat other viral infections such as shingles and chickenpox. Acyclovir is used both systemically and topically, but usually will only help with the symptoms and will not lead to a cure of the virus. Side effects include pain, swelling, increased thirst, loss of appetite, and nausea.

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