Zovirax Cream Side Effects

Generic Name: acyclovir topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug acyclovir topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Zovirax Cream.

It is possible that some side effects of Zovirax Cream may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to acyclovir topical: topical cream, topical ointment

As well as its needed effects, acyclovir topical (the active ingredient contained in Zovirax Cream) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Some acyclovir topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Mild pain, burning, or stinging
Less common
  • Itching
Rare
  • Itching, stinging, or redness of the genital area
  • skin rash

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to acyclovir topical: topical cream, topical ointment

General

Acyclovir topical (the active ingredient contained in Zovirax Cream) has been generally well tolerated and adverse effects are uncommon.

Local

Local side effects associated with the ointment have included mild pain (including transient stinging and burning) and local pruritus. Dryness of skin, flakiness of skin, dry lips, cracked lips, burning skin, pruritus, and stinging on skin have been reported at the site of topical application in less than 1% of patients using acyclovir topical (the active ingredient contained in Zovirax Cream) cream. Edema and/or pain at the application site have been reported during postmarketing experience with acyclovir topical ointment. The pain is generally due to manipulation of the herpetic lesions rather than a reaction to the drug itself. Application site reactions (including signs and symptoms of inflammation) have been reported during postmarketing experience with acyclovir topical cream.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included rash and pruritus during postmarketing experience with acyclovir topical (the active ingredient contained in Zovirax Cream) ointment. Contact dermatitis and eczema have been reported during postmarketing experience with acyclovir topical cream.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included angioedema and anaphylaxis during postmarketing experience with acyclovir topical (the active ingredient contained in Zovirax Cream) cream.

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