Generic Zovirax (Acyclovir 200 mg) guide:
What is the medication you are offered to buy as Generic Zovirax?
If you have ever had herpes, you already know what Zovirax is used for. It is an anti-herpes medication that comes in a form of pills or ointments for local application. However, Zovirax is nothing more than a trade name widely advertised and used in the U.S. and some other countries. The active substance of the medication is Acyclovir which was discovered in 1988 and since then is used all over the world but is marketed under a variety of names. The medication you are offered to purchase as Generic Zovirax is basically Zovirax simply manufactured by another pharmaceutical company that doesn’t have the right to use this trade name. Instead, the collective name Generic Zovirax is used. This name is understood by all doctors and pharmacists, i.e. if you ask for this medication, they will know exactly what you need. However, it is not a registered trade name. There are multiple medications that you can be offered to buy when you ask for this name. All of them have the same composition and effect and all of them are officially registered under different names. The collective term is used to help people find cheaper analogs of Zovirax because otherwise, you would need to do a research to find out different trademarks Acyclovir (the active substance of Zovirax) is sold under.
Why is generic cheaper, is it of poor quality?
Although each year more and more people start purchasing generics instead of the branded medicines because they have already discovered and checked themselves that these cheaper preparations have absolutely the same effect, many people are still hesitant to buy generics because they think that they are inferior. In fact, if your doctor insists that you must buy Zovirax only and not the generic, chances are that he or she is getting paid by the brand owner for every prescription given for Zovirax. Large brand owners are sometimes obliged to give out the formula of their medications or even sell the formula and rights to manufacture the same medicines to other pharmaceutical companies yet they are trying to perpetuate the idea that all generics are inferior to the branded medicines simply not to lose the largest share of the market and their customers. In reality, not a single medication can be launched onto the market if it doesn’t correspond to the claimed formula (in case of generics, the formula of the branded medicine) and quality and safety tests. So why then generics are cheaper if they are the same? There are several main reasons for their lower price: their manufacturers do not invent the medicines but either get the right or buy the license to manufacture the drugs that were developed by other companies; they do not widely advertise their preparations; they save on the production outsourcing the labor force from the developing world.
As you can see, generic medications are no way inferior to the branded drugs and their cheaper price is not caused by the poor quality. Therefore, you can safely buy Generic Zovirax and enjoy absolutely the same effect at the price 5-10 times lower.
When should you buy Acyclovir?
The medication is an antiviral preparation used for the suppression of symptoms caused by herpes. Herpes virus cannot be completely eliminated from the body but with the help of the preparation it can be suppressed to the extent that you can no longer infect your partner, child, or suffer from exacerbation of the disease.
You should buy Acyclovir pills and use them in case you have skin or mucosa rashes or irritations caused by herpes simplex, primary and recurrent genital herpes, as a prophylaxis of relapses of herpes simplex, and treatment of diseases caused by Varicella zoster, chicken pox, and herpes zoster.
However, you should be careful making a self diagnosis. First of all, herpes, and especially genital herpes, can be confused with other sexually transmitted infections or even allergy. Therefore, you need to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis before you start using the medication. Secondly, chicken pox and herpes zoster are very dangerous diseases that can lead to irreversible harm to the health or even death if not diagnosed and treated properly. Therefore, if you have any rash, unusual pimples and/or nerve pain, fever, and so on, you must see a doctor immediately and only if the diagnosis is confirmed, buy Generic Acyclovir.
Who must not use Zovirax or its generics?
As all other medicines, Zovirax and its generics with the same composition have certain contraindications for use. If you suffer from any adverse reactions when you take the pills, you must stop the therapy and look for an alternative medication as it means that you are intolerant to the pills’ active substance. The drug is also not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Adverse reactions of Generic Acyclovir
Adverse reactions you can suffer from the use of Generic Acyclovir are the same as could happen when you use Zovirax as the medicines are identical.
In general, the medication is quite well tolerated, i.e. doesn’t cause any side effects or causes mild side effects. The possible adverse reactions are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, headache, allergic reactions, dizziness and fatigue, rapid heart rate, and others. In case you suffer from any of these negative symptoms, stop using the pills and inform your doctor about them so he would be able to choose another preparation for the therapy.
How to use the pills for different manifestations of herpes virus infection?
When you order Zovirax, it is better to follow your doctor recommendations on the pills use as their recommendation can be different from the ones provided in the label. The label provides the following recommendations:
The pill must be taken entirely without chewing. If you need to take big dosages of the medication, you should make sure to drink enough water to receive sufficient hydration and avoid the development of adverse reactions.
The recommendations on dosages for adults are the following:
– Infections caused by herpes simplex are treated with 200 mg taken five times a day with four-hour intervals excluding the nighttime. The duration of the therapy is 5 days but in the case of severe primary infection it can be extended.
The treatment must be started at the first signs of the infection development such as skin itching, tingling, and burning sensation.
For the prophylaxis of infection, people with normal immunity should take 200 mg for four times a day with six-hour intervals or 400 mg two times a day with twelve-hour interval. Alternative regime implies the use of 200 mg three times a day with eight-hour intervals or even two times a day with twelve-hour interval. In order to assess the disease or therapy progress, the therapy must be interrupted every 6-12 months.
People with HIV or AIDS for the treatment of infections caused by herpes simplex should take 200 mg four times a day with six-hour intervals. People with HIV and reduced absorption from the intestine, the single dose can be increased to 400 mg. The duration of the therapy depends on the extension of the risk period.
– Infections caused by Varicella zoster are treated with the dosage of 800 mg taken for five times a day with four-hour intervals. The duration of the therapy is seven days. People with HIV, AIDS or lowered absorption from the intestines should receive the medication intravenously.
The dosages for children older than 2 years of age are the following:
– The therapy and prophylaxis of the infections caused by herpes simplex in children with HIV and AIDS is made with the dosages for adults. The instruction doesn’t provide any recommendations for herpes simplex or herpes zoster treatment in children with uncompromised immunity.
Chicken pox in children from 2 to 6 years of age is used in the dosage of 400 mg four times a day. Children older than 6 years should be administered 800 mg four times a day.
More precise and correct dosage can be calculated based on the child’s body weight. It is recommended to administer the total dosage of 20 mg per kilogram of the body weight divided into four intakes a day. The duration of the therapy is five days.
Overdose with Zovirax
When you order Generic Zovirax, you should be careful with the dosages and take the medication at equal intervals to avoid overdosing. The typical signs of an overdose are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and others. The treatment implies symptomatic therapy.
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