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ACICLOVIR 3% W/W EYE OINTMENT

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ZOVIRAX® 3% w/w EYE OINTMENT
ACICLOVIR 3% w/w EYE OINTMENT
(Aciclovir)
Patient Information Leaflet

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In this leaflet:
1. What Zovirax is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Zovirax
3. How to use Zovirax

4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Zovirax
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT ZOVIRAX IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Zovirax contains a medicine called aciclovir.
This belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. It is used to treat eye infections caused by the
Herpes simplex virus. It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses on the front of your eyeball
(cornea).

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2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE ZOVIRAX
Do not use Zovirax if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aciclovir or valaciclovir or any of the other ingredients
(listed in Section 6).
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Zovirax.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Zovirax if:
• you wear contact lenses. Stop wearing them while using Zovirax.

Other medicines and Zovirax
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This
includes medicines obtained without prescription, including herbal medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using any medicine.

3. HOW TO USE ZOVIRAX
Always use Zovirax exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults and children
• The usual dose is 1cm (about ½ an inch) of Zovirax applied to the infected eye five times a day.
You should space each application of Zovirax by four hours. Suggested times are: 7am, 11am,
3pm, 7pm and 11pm.
• You should carry on using Zovirax for at least 3 days after your eye has got better.
• Your vision may be blurred for 5 to 10 minutes after applying Zovirax. Wait until you can see
clearly again before driving or using any tools or machines.

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REPORTING OF SIDE EFFECTS

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How to apply Zovirax to your eye
1 Wash your hands.

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Driving and using Machines
You may experience blurred vision after using Zovirax eye ointment. Do not drive or use any machines
unless your vision is clear.

2 Use your finger to gently pull down the lower eyelid of your infected eye.
3 Tilt your head slightly backwards and look up.
4 Apply 1cm (about ½ an inch) of Zovirax to the inside of your lower eyelid.
Try to avoid the tip of the tube touching any part of your eye.

5 Close your eye for 30 seconds.
6 Wash your hands after applying Zovirax.

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If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Zovirax.

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Notes:

Your medicine is known by either of the above names but will be referred to as Zovirax in this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using 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.

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THE COLOURS SHOWN ON THIS PROOF ARE FOR GENERAL REPRESENTATION PURPOSES ONLY. THEY ARE NOT ACCURATE AND MUST NOT BE
USED AS A COLOUR MATCH FOR THE FINISHED JOB. PLEASE REFER TO THE PANTONE COLOUR GUIDES FOR ACCURATE COLOUR REFERENCES.

If you use more Zovirax than you should
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you use too much Zovirax. Zovirax eye ointment is for use in the eye, if
you swallow any talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
If you have an allergic reaction, stop using 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
• unexplained fever (high temperature) and feeling faint, especially when standing up.
Other side effects include:
Very common (affects more than 1 in 10 people)
• irritation or feeling as if there is something in your eye.
Common (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• mild stinging in your eye straight after using Zovirax
• swollen, runny eyes (conjunctivitis).

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Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
• swollen eyelids.

Zovirax eye ointment also contains white soft paraffin.
Zovirax eye ointment is available in tubes of 4.5g.
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This product is manufactured by Glaxo Operations UK Ltd., Barnard Castle, England and is procured from
within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
Waymade plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3FR
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 29.4.2014
ZOVIRAX is a registered trademark of the GLAXO GROUP LIMITED

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6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
Your medicine is called Zovirax 3% w/w eye ointment/Aciclovir 3% w/w eye ointment. Zovirax is an
off-white ointment and contains 3% w/w Aciclovir.

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5. HOW TO STORE ZOVIRAX
• Zovirax eye ointment should not be stored above 25°C. Store in the original package.
• Replace the lid after each time you have used the ointment. Keep the tube tightly closed when you are
not using the ointment.
• Do not use the ointment if more than one month has passed since the tube was first opened.
• Do not use after the expiry date printed on the label on the tube or on the carton. The expiry date (Exp.)
refers to the last day of that month.
• If your doctor decides to stop treatment, or more than one month has passed since the tube was first
opened, return any unused eye ointment to your pharmacist, who can dispose of it safely.
• KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN
• 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.

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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.

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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.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ERRORS IN THIS PROOF AFTER APPROVAL. THE ARTWORK RECEIVED HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY
ADJUSTED, REVISED OR RESET BY US FROM DISK OR HARD COPY. WHILST WE TAKE EXTREME CARE AT ALL TIMES TO ENSURE ACCURACY, THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY
MUST BE TAKEN BY OUR CUSTOMER. IF YOU SIGN THIS PROOF YOU ARE SIGNIFYING FULL APPROVAL OF DESIGN AND TEXT.

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Notes:

If you forget to use Zovirax
• If you forget to use Zovirax, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is nearly time for your
next application, skip the missed application.
• Do not use a double application to make up for a forgotten application.
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:

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