FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments: ZOVIRAX

User Comments:


For Herpes Simplex “I had a sudden onset of cold sores and a new one was appearing each day. I am on immunosuppressants so my body just can’t fight this virus on its own. After 5 days I went to my doctor.This medication was amazing- within 24-48 hrs the blisters were crusting over. The swelling and redness was decreasing as well. I am on 400 mg 3 x daily for 10 days. I am currently on day 6. For the first few days I would feel lightheaded (not dizzy) for a few hours after each dose, but that has gone away now. No nausea when taken with food. I did have a few mild headaches, but that was because I was not drinking enough fluid. As soon as I hydrated, headaches were gone.My doctor gave me 2 refills so next time I feel the onset I can start treatment right aw”

Krreno (taken for less than 1 month) July 16, 2016


For Herpes Zoster “I’ve had shingles a total of 6 times because I am immuno-compromised. Each time it was the same area of my back and wrapping around my side to my stomach. I do not recall the first few outbreaks as it was during a time I was so ill that I am basically missing a few months of my life because I was not alert at all during that time. I do recall the last 4 outbreaks. One of the doctors and I have a theory about why I did not notice the burning, itching etc that tends to be very painful and annoying for most people. The meds I am already on. I take pain meds around the clock already as well as taking gabapentin which helps nerve pain. Now on 200mg/day to prevent recurrence. I don’t seem to have any issues with medication taken daily.”

wayney (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 19, 2012


For Herpes Simplex “Zovirax is my first choice for treatment of cold sores which I’ve had since I was a young girl. Using it in conjunction with Abreva helps promote healing from within the sores; and eliminates the crusty/scabbing that comes with cold sores. Abreva is best used at the first sign of any itching (that familiar feeling of onset) apply as directed on the bottle, and your cold sore will be gone without anyone noticing you even have one. I am just getting over one and with Abreva alone it took three days, no scabbing or crusty formation making it unsightly and causing embarrassment.”

Anonymous December 11, 2011


For Herpes Simplex “I used to have cold sores all the time when I was a child, either when exposed to too much cold or when exposed to too much heat. Finally, I found a doctor who gave me a prescription (just a few years ago, I’m already an adult) and the Doctor prescribed Zovirax 200 mg 5x a day for 5 days. When I am able to take the medicine as soon as I feel the blister forming, the blister will only last for a day; it will grow and then burst and crust over within twenty four hours, so I’ve never really had to take the medication for more than 2-3 days. Very thankful for this medicine.”

Anonymous November 4, 2011


For Herpes Simplex “I had my first outbreak over a year ago, been taking 400mg a day and haven’t had an outbreak since.”

Anonymous January 6, 2011


For Herpes Simplex, Suppression “I have had a cold sore outbreak 1-2 x/year for last 15 years usually during summer months (lower lip). I had previously tried medicated lip applicators with little success. A friend suggested Zovirax. I use it now at the first sign of tingling or hardness in the lip. When I catch it early the severity of the outbreak has been greatly diminished. I only use for 2 days and the sore has usually healed in about 10 days to 2 weeks.”

larryfine August 14, 2010

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