ZOVIRAX 400MG/5ML DOUBLE STRENGTH SUSPENSION

Active substance: ACICLOVIR

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
ZOVIRAX® 400mg/5ml DOUBLE STRENGTH SUSPENSION /
ACICLOVIR 400mg/5ml DOUBLE STRENGTH SUSPENSION
(aciclovir)
This product is available as any of the above names but will be referred to as Zovirax
throughout the remainder of the leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.




In this leaflet:
1. What Zovirax is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Zovirax
3. How to use Zovirax
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Zovirax
6. Further information
1. WHAT ZOVIRAX IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Zovirax 400mg/5ml Double Strength Suspension / Aciclovir 400mg/5ml Double Strength
Suspension (called ‘Zovirax’ in this leaflet) contains a medicine called aciclovir. This belongs
to a group of medicines called antivirals. It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses.
Zovirax can be used to:
• Treat chickenpox and shingles
• Treat cold sores and genital herpes
• Stop these problems returning after you have had them
• Stop these problems in people whose immune systems work less well, which means their
bodies are less able to fight infections.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE ZOVIRAX
Do not use Zovirax if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aciclovir, or valaciclovir or any of the other ingredients
(listed in Section 6).
Do not take Zovirax if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Zovirax.
Take special care with Zovirax
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Zovirax if:
• you have kidney problems
• you are over 65 years of age.
If you are not sure if the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Zovirax.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal
medicines.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
• probenecid, used to treat gout
• cimetidine, used to treat stomach ulcers
• mycophenolate mofetil, used to stop your body rejecting transplanted organs.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using any medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Zovirax
Zovirax contains propyl parahydroxybenzoate, methyl parhydroxybenzoate which may
cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed). Zovirax also contains Sorbitol. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicinal product
3. HOW TO TAKE ZOVIRAX
Always take Zovirax exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
Take this medicine by mouth.
Use the spoon provided to carefully measure the dose needed.
Start to take Zovirax as soon as possible.
The dose that you should take will depend on what you have been given Zovirax for. Your
doctor will discuss this with you.




Treatment of chickenpox and shingles
• The usual dose is two 5 ml spoonfuls five times a day.
• You should space each dose by 4 hours. Suggested times are: 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
and 11pm.
• You should take Zovirax for seven days.
Treatment of cold sores and genital herpes
• The usual dose is one 2.5 ml spoonful five times a day.
• You should space each dose by 4 hours. Suggested times are: 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
and 11pm.
• You should take Zovirax for five days, or longer if your doctor tells you to.
Stopping these problems returning after you have had them
• The usual dose is one 2.5ml spoonful four times a day.
• You should try to space each dose by 6 hours.
• You should take Zovirax until your doctor tells you to stop.
Stopping these problems in people whose immune systems work less well and
whose bodies are less able to fight infections
• The usual dose is one 2.5ml spoonful four times a day.
• You should try to space each dose by 6 hours.
• You should take Zovirax until your doctor tells you to stop.

Your doctor may adjust the dose of Zovirax if:
• it is for a child
• you are over 65 years of age
• you have kidney problems. If you have kidney problems, it is important to drink plenty of
water while you are being treated with Zovirax.
Talk to your doctor before taking Zovirax if any of the above apply.
If you take more Zovirax than you should
Zovirax is not usually harmful, unless you take too much over several days. Talk to your
doctor or pharmacist if you take too much Zovirax. Take the medicine pack with you.
If you forget to take Zovirax
• If you forget to take Zovirax, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is nearly
time for your next dose, skip the missed dose.
• Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Zovirax can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The
following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Zovirax and see a doctor straight away. The
signs may include:
• rash, itching or hives on your skin
• swelling of your face, lips, tongue or other parts of your body
• shortness of breath, wheezing or having trouble breathing
• unexplained fever (high temperature) and feeling faint, especially when standing up.
Other side effects include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• headache
• feeling dizzy
• feeling or being sick
• diarrhoea
• stomach pains
• rash
• skin reaction after exposure to light (photosensitivity)
• itching
• feeling tired
• fever.
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• itchy, hive-like rash
• hair loss
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
• difficulty breathing
• effects on some blood and urine tests
• swelling of your face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat.
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• nosebleeds and bruising more easily than usual
• feeling weak
• feeling agitated or confused
• shaking or tremors
• hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
• fits
• feeling unusually sleepy or drowsy
• unsteadiness when walking and lack of coordination
• difficulty speaking
• inability to think or judge clearly
• unconsciousness (coma)
• paralysis of part or all of your body
• disturbances of behaviour, speech and eye movements
• stiff neck and sensitivity to light
• inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
• yellowing of your skin and whites of your eyes (jaundice)
• kidney problems where you pass little or no urine
• pain in your lower back, the kidney area of your back or just above your hip (renal pain).
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE ZOVIRAX
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not store above 30°C.
• Do not use Zovirax after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and bottle. The
expiry date (Exp.) refers to the last day of that month.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. This will help protect the
environment.
• If the solution becomes discoloured or show signs of any deterioration, you should seek
the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Zovirax contains
• The active substance is aciclovir.
• Each 5 ml of suspension contains 400mg of the active ingredient aciclovir.
• The other ingredients are sorbitol solution, glycerol, dispersible cellulose, methyl
parahydroxybenzoate, propyl parahydroxybenzoate, orange flavour and purified water.
What Zovirax looks like and contents of the pack
Each carton contains 100ml amber glass bottle with a white screw cap containing off-white
orange flavoured suspension and a double ended measuring spoon.
PL No: 15814/0994
POM
Zovirax is manufactured by Aspen Bad Oldesloe GmbH, Industiestrasse 32-36, Bad
Oldesloe, D-23843, Germany and procured from within the EU by the Product Licence
holder: OPD Laboratories Ltd, Unit 6 Colonial Way, Watford, Herts WD24 4PR.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 29.08.2012.
Zovirax® is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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