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ACICLOVIR 200MG-5ML SUSPENSION

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Zovirax® 200mg/5ml Suspension
Aciclovir 200mg/5ml Suspension
(aciclovir)
This product is available using either of the above names but will be referred
to as Zovirax throughout the following:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• 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 only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
yours.
• If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet, see section 4.

Driving and using machines
Some side effects such as feeling drowsy or sleepy may impair your ability to
concentrate and react. Make sure you are not affected before you drive or
operate machinery.
Zoivirax contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate, propyl
parahydroxybenzoate and sorbital
Zovirax contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propyl
parahydroxybenzoate 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
In this leaflet:
1) What Zovirax is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you take Zovirax
3) How to take Zovirax
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Zovirax
6) Contents of the pack and other information

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

1) What Zovirax is and what it is used for

The dose that you should take will depend on what you have been given
Zovirax for. Your doctor will discuss this with you.

Zovirax 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, genitals herpes and other herpes simplex infections
• 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) What you need to know before you take Zovirax
Do not use Zovirax:
• if you are allergic to aciclovir or valaciclovir or any of the other ingredients of
this medicine (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.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to 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.
It is important that you drink plenty of water while taking Zovirax.
Other medicines and Zovirax
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might
take 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, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.

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.

Treatment of chickenpox and shingles
• The usual dose is four 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 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.
Suppressing cold sores and genital herpes returning after you have had
them
• The usual dose is one 5 ml 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.
Suppressing cold sores and genital herpes in people whose immune
systems work less well and whose bodies are less able to fight
infections
• The usual dose is one 5 ml 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 (may affect up to 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 trouble breathing
• collapse
Other side effects include:
Common (may affect up to 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
• unexplained fever (high temperature) and feeling faint, especially when
standing up.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• itchy, hive-like rash
• hair loss.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• effects on some blood and urine tests
• increases in the enzymes that work in the liver.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• reduced numbers of red blood cells (anaemia)
• reduced numbers of white blood cells (leukopenia)
• reduced numbers of blood platelets (cells that help blood to clot)
(thrombocytopenia)
• 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).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

5) How to store Zovirax






Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Once opened, use within 4 weeks
Do not use Zovirax after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. 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.

6) Contents of the pack and other Information
What Zovirax contains
• Each 5ml of oral suspension contains 200mg of aciclovir.
• The other ingredients are sorbitol solution 70%, glycerol, microcrystalline
cellulose, carmellose sodium, vanillin, banana flavour, purified water, methyl
parahydroxybenzoate and propyl parahydroxybenzoate.
What Zovirax looks like and contents of the pack
Zovirax is an off-white suspension with a banana odour.
The medicine comes with a double-ended measuring spoon.
One end of the spoon will give you 5ml of the suspension and the other will
give you 2.5ml.
Zovirax is available in an amber-coloured bottle of 62.5ml.
PL 10383/1973

Zovirax 200mg/5ml Suspension
Aciclovir 200mg/5ml Suspension

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Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured by Aspen Bad Oldesloe GmbH,
Industriestraβe 32-36, 23843 Bad Oldesloe, Germany and is procured from
within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder: Primecrown
Ltd., 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue road, Northolt, Middlesex UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 13.07.2015
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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