Name: Acyclovir Ointment
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Each gram of ZOVIRAX Ointment 5% contains 50 mg acyclovir in a polyethylene glycol base. It is supplied as follows:
30-g tubes (NDC 0187-0993-95)
Store at 15° to 25°C (59° to 77°F) in a dry place.
Distributed by Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Rev. April 2013
How do I store and/or throw out Acyclovir Ointment?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Protect from heat.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about acyclovir ointment, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about acyclovir ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using acyclovir ointment.
Review Date: October 4, 2017
Acyclovir is a synthetic nucleoside analogue active against herpes viruses. Acyclovir Ointment USP 5% is a formulation for topical administration. Each gram of Acyclovir Ointment USP 5% contains 50 mg of acyclovir USP in a polyethylene glycol (PEG) base.
Acyclovir USP is a white, crystalline powder with the molecular formula C8H11N5O3 and a molecular weight of 225.2. The maximum solubility in water at 37°C is 2.5 mg/mL. The pka’s of acyclovir are 2.27 and 9.25.
The chemical name of acyclovir USP is 2-amino-1, 9-dihydro-9- [(2-hydroxyethoxy)methyl]-6Hpurin-6-one; it has the following structural formula:
Indications and Usage for Acyclovir Ointment
Acyclovir Ointment USP 5% is indicated in the management of initial genital herpes and in limited non-life-threatening mucocutaneous Herpes simplex virus infections in immunocompromised patients.
Acyclovir Ointment 5% is contraindicated in patients who develop hypersensitivity to the components of the formulation.
In the controlled clinical trials, mild pain (including transient burning and stinging) was reported by about 30% of patients in both the active and placebo arms; treatment was discontinued in 2 of these patients. Local pruritus occurred in 4% of these patients. In all studies, there was no significant difference between the drug and placebo group in the rate or type of reported adverse reactions nor were there any differences in abnormal clinical laboratory findings.
Observed During Clinical Practice
Based on clinical practice experience in patients treated with Acyclovir Ointment in the US, spontaneously reported adverse events are uncommon. Data are insufficient to support an estimate of their incidence or to establish causation. These events may also occur as part of the underlying disease process. Voluntary reports of adverse events that have been received since market introduction include:General: Edema and/or pain at the application site. Skin: Pruritus, rash.
Acyclovir Ointment Dosage and Administration
Apply sufficient quantity to adequately cover all lesions every 3 hours, 6 times per day for 7 days. The dose size per application will vary depending upon the total lesion area but should approximate a one-half inch ribbon of ointment per 4 square inches of surface area. A finger cot or rubber glove should be used when applying Acyclovir Ointment to prevent autoinoculation of other body sites and transmission of infection to other persons. Therapy should be initiated as early as possible following onset of signs and symptoms.
What happens if i miss a dose (zovirax topical)?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.