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User Reviews for Acyclovir

Also known as: Zovirax Cream, Zovirax Ointment

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "COLD SORE TREATMENTS AND PREVENTION THAT WORK: L-lysine: You can buy L-lysine over the counter in tablet form, one a day pretty much prevents cold sores from forming. If you run out of tablets make sure you buy more; it's like the virus sits inactive under the skin just waiting for a break from the L-lysine treatment so it can raise it's ugly head. ZOVIRAX: If you feel a cold sore coming on or you have a cold sore buy Zovirax from the chemist or supermarket ~$17 a tube; but you only need a little bit applied 5 or 6 times a day and the last application should be before you go to sleep (whenever you think of applying it really) Zovirax helps heal the blisters much faster than anything else l have tried. ICE OR COLD PACK: If you don't have Zovirax and the cold sore is really burning and itchy get a freezer bag or similar and put some ice in it or some frozen peas and apply that to the area until that nasty burning and itchy feeling eases. Avoid licking of playing with the blisters with your tongue, this tends to make them bigger. Pop the Blisters or Don't Pop the Blisters? This is a personal preference however, l have found that by not popping the blisters only allows the blisters to grow bigger to the point of them sometimes joining together and becoming one big blister which takes a lot longer to heal, hence, l pop the blister and apply Zovirax straight away and the majority are gone within a few days. SAFETY FIRST: DO NOT have oral sex and AVOID kissing anyone when you have an active cold sore; they do spread as quickly as a peck on the lips from someone with the active cold sore virus and wash your hands if you touch your mouth by accident, this helps prevent spreading the cold sore virus. PREVENTION: Take L-lysine 1 tablet daily and try to avoid sudden drops in temperature, excessive sun or wind. Changes in climate conditions and temperature drops can bring on the cold sore virus. Avoid rubbing your lips hard like we sometimes do to remove stubborn lipstick and avoid the hard bristles of a man's beard or regrowth, both of these things can irritate the sensitive skin on our lips. Just be mindful of the cold sore virus and it will become second nature to prevent it from occurring."

   
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Lynsay (taken for 10 years or more) March 20, 2017

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Herpes Simplex: "I first contracted G. Herpes and where the semen contacted my skin and I've had eruptions of horrible painful blistering sores. It's first a tingle and I immediately know... I have Valtrex but it takes longer to work even if I take it at first tingle. For my cold sores I used to get sores on my chin, but no longer. I get them on my ear... uh huh that's right. My ear and the small of my back, right where my jeans hit. Once my ear swelled up so much and my neck too, nothing helped but this cream. It stopped my chin sores (underneath where a second neck would be if I had one) altogether. My back sores happen at severe stress, ugh, abreva doesn't help. This cream does 100% for me."

   
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Justmakingendsmeet1 (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 30, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex: "I have suffered from genital herpes for 6 years and tried all herbal prevention treantments as I suffer approximately 8 outbreaks a year. For the last 6 months I have tried the acyclovir suppressive treatment and in 6 months I have had 1 very mild outbreak. After the first 4 months I went from taking the recommended 2 tablets a day to just 1 a day. I am so glad I tried acyclovir, I feel I have my life back!"

   
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0326 January 23, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "I find that Zirvirax doesn't prevent the coldsore from appearing (even if applied at the tingly stage). But what I do find is that once the coldsore appears it's very small compared to not using it. I supplement the treatment with Lysine tablets and it keeps the blister/scab very small (about 2mm in diameter as opposed to 5-6mm) and is usually gone within two to three days rather than 1-1.5 weeks."

   
7.0

DB123 December 22, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Had to immediately clean it off my lips. The burning from this cream was far too intense for me. I'm 35 weeks pregnant so my immune system is already compromised. This is the worst cold sore outbreak I've had, where pills, supplements, home remedies, and Abreva hasn't helped. I pray that it clears up soon."

   
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GSmith19 December 10, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "It doesn't stop a cold sore forming and doesn't stop the pain and tingling. It may however reduce the size of the cold sores"

   
5.0

Everlast October 12, 2016

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For Cold Sores: "Had cores as a kid and adult, in 2010 Shingles popped out on the side of my face.....bad news times 10. Acyclovir is the best, without it, well I do not want to think about that!"

   
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Whispering Echo July 18, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I'm from the uk and Zovirax cost £6 which is probably $9 for a small little tube, it's rubbish, felt tingle so went straight to the shop and bought Zovirax, been applying it every 4-5 hours, 3 days later and the cold sore has blistered at side of my mouth, would of been better using tcp, it burns a bit but it does the job"

   
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Danny boy2508 May 20, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I do suffer from cold sores, especially when I'm stressed. Unfortuently I don't get the tingling stage, I just wake up to a bump on my lip. For anyone that knows me, I absolutely hate cold sores! It makes me feel so crap about myself. I used to suffer really bad to the point it would spread, and it would have 3-4 coldsores on my lips very painful! Nothing would help. Until I found this cream! It is an angel from above, a God send. This cream clears my coldsores up within a day!! So next morning I wake up and it's gone, even when it's blistered, it's gone! It's expensive for a tiny tube but defiantly worth it!!"

   
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Kirsty123 May 9, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "living in UK i doubt if the ingredients are changed in zovirax here but I've been getting cold sores (mayby 10-15 a year..) since I was little and have always been using zovirax and now more commonly the compeed patches. The stuff is useless if anything it spreads it around even though I keep immaculate hygene with them, only using cotton but to apply etc. The only thing the cream seems to do is hold it at the stage its at and as soon as the cream is off for more than half a day it erupts again... I can have the cream on for ten days at a time. NOT CHEAP AND NOT EFFECTIVE. HELP"

   
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Shannon110992 February 4, 2016

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Honestly one of the best treatments for HSV or coldsores around! I start feeling a cold sore coming on (a tingling, burning sensation) and on goes the Zovirax. Instant relief from the pain and the sore stops in it's tracks! Definitely worth every penny of that "

   
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K-Pop (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 17, 2015

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For Cold Sores: "From 6 yrs to 25 yrs I had a lot of cold sores, 25 yrs to 60 yrs hardly any, 60 yrs to 79 yrs they are more frequent, I wouldn't have suffered so much if I had Acyclovir Ointment. Applied when first noticed and the cold sores just went away."

   
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Mr H. November 23, 2015

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I have been suffering with cold sores for 20 years now, they usually happen once a year. I am so horrified when they happen, I take work off, and basically live in my house for 2 weeks. I came across a YouTube video after feeling a bump coming on and that's when I came across Zovirax. I thought what the heck I've tried everything else. I went to my doctor same day (thank god I got in). It cost me about 90$ but it was worth it. This stuff is a god send! My cold sore was already at the blister stage so it was day 2. Applied the cream all day for 2 days, you can't even tell I have a cold sore! There is nothing! I wish I knew about this stuff years ago. Would have saved me a lot of agony."

   
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Deedee111 November 22, 2015

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Herpes Simplex: "I have genital herpes as well as SLE and related complications. I mention the other health issues only because the treatment for the Lupus is to suppress the immune system, which can allow the herpes virus to become more active than it would be if my immune system was not compromised. I take valacyclovir daily for suppressive treatment, but when I do have an outbreak, I always add the acyclovir ointment. I find that it eases the discomfort and helps the sores heal a little bit faster."

   
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sickgirl168 October 31, 2015

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For Herpes Simplex: "This is a god send. I was reluctant to pay the $400 since my insurance only covered the pills and not the ointment, but I'm really glad I did. My sore was looking very sinister and just kept growing until I put acyclovir cream on it. It dried up over night and is basically a scab now. It would normally take my sores weeks to go away completely, but from the looks of it now I think this will be gone in a few days. Totally worth the price for me because my work is very much dependant on my face. I was worried I wouldn't be able to work for a few weeks, but looks like I'll be back by Monday. (it's Thursday morning now. Sore started on Tuesday afternoon and I put the ointment on Wednesday morning)."

   
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Jb3lls September 3, 2015

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For Cold Sores: "I all ways get cold sores. I tried everything and nothing worked better then this. And the cold sores don't come as frequent after using zovirax. Gone within 2-3days if you catch while it's tingling it wouldn't show at all"

   
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Endyia Danea (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 13, 2015

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I have tried everything, from home remedies to over the counter cold sore treatments. Well, my doctor prescribed Zovirax and since then I have been nothing but thankful. The first sign, apply the ointment. It wont make the cold sore go away immediately but by the 2nd day its dried up and within 4 days its gone. I love Zovirax."

   
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Ramboo2015928 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 8, 2015

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Herpes Simplex: "I have lived 14 years with cold sores from HSV 1, spending $20/tube on Abreva and suffering from annual break outs, some worse than others, but all embarrassing and painful! I never thought to ask for an prescfription, but coincidentally had a cold sore on my lip when I went to see my OBGYN last year. She noticed it and wrote me an Rx for Zovirax cream, and I let it sit in my wallet for a couple months until I felt the tell-tale "tingling". This stuff really works, and if you apply it early enough, the sore won't even really form or blister and will completely disappear within 3-5 days. It's amazing, and totally worth it. Do yourself a favor and get it! It was only $30, and the tube is bigger than a tube of Abreva."

   
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Very satisfied! (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 8, 2015

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I have been dealing with cold sores for the past 10 years. I usually would only get 2 per year during an extreme weather change. I've tried Abreva, Releev, Campho, etc.... Nothing really worked at all accept drying the area. Well this Fall and Winter season, I had 3 outbreaks and at the 3rd, I said enough is enough. I read all the reviews online and decided to go with the Zovirax ointment. I got a prescription from my dentist 1st day I noticed the tingling (prodromal stage). The meds indicate this is the best time to start applying. I applied several times the first day and the next day I woke up and hardly saw a thing on my lip. I applied the ointment about 5 times that day even tho it seemed to be gone. 3rd day GONE!!! Miracle!!"

   
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Jemsgirl February 21, 2012

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Herpes Simplex: "I got HSV-1 in 2008 from my cheating on my now ex-wife. It was never a problem until a breakout in 2010. I never went on antivirals until this breakout and I now know why this was so bad. In summer of 2010 I had neck surgery and had 4 fusions from c4-c7 and after reviewing this, the virus lies dormant in the base of the neck in nerve are called the ganglion. If you have HSV-2 (genital) herpes it lies in the lower back dormant. So, my first breakout 6 months ago in June 2011 gave me the worst ever making not only a cold sore but fever blister clusters on top and middle lip. Been on acyclovir since July 400mg twice daily. Still barely helped. 3 days ago got Zovirax cream and after 6 months its finally gone. This works awesome."

   
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betterdays39 November 17, 2011

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I find this the only treatment which can nip a cold sore before it develops. If one does develop, it also eliminates the pain faster (2-3 days) than any other creams I've tried. I also discovered after more than five years of annoying outbreaks that cold sores in the summer actually came from sunburned lips. Once I started to completely cover my lips before spending time in the sun, they did not come back. Here, prevention is the key."

   
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jpewtherer January 12, 2011

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Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) for Herpes Simplex: "I've been using this product for years. It's the best thing to not having an outbreak. You must catch it on the first sign though, when the tingling begins if possible. After that it will run its full course in pain at the site. I have outbreaks frequently so I should know. I have trouble controlling when I have an OUTBREAK. I control how I can deal with it when it comes."

   
9.0

iamasurvivoraol March 30, 2010

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "it is very effective!"

   
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Anonymous March 18, 2010

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For : "This medication helps the break out a lot, makes it smaller, less noticeable. One thing I have noticed though, is when the first lesion is on it's scabbing stage, I get little, tiny, blisters, around, or near the first site. Feels like I am starting to get more cold sores. They never seem to go deep or actually scab-up. But still it's annoying when you think your cold sore is going away, then you start feeling more tingles. Just my feedback."

Anonymous December 15, 2009

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Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Great treatment!"

   
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Anonymous November 22, 2009

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