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ZOVIRAX CREAM 5%

Active substance(s): ACYCLOVIR

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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Cream
aciclovir

1 What Zovirax is and what it is used for
Zovirax Cream (called ‘Zovirax’ in this leaflet) contains a
medicine called aciclovir. This belongs to a group of
medicines called antivirals. It is used to treat cold sores
and genital infections caused by the Herpes simplex virus.
It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses that
cause cold sores or genital herpes.

2 What you need to know before you use
Zovirax
Do not use Zovirax if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aciclovir,
valaciclovir, propylene glycol 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 have a condition where your immune system
works less well and your body is less able to fight
infections (e.g. if you have HIV or AIDS or if you have
had a bone marrow transplant).
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before using Zovirax.
Zovirax Cream is not for use in the mouth, eyes or the
vagina. Zovirax Cream may cause skin irritation.
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist
before 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.
Applying the cream
• Zovirax Cream is not for use in your mouth, eyes or the
vagina.
• You should not mix Zovirax with anything before you
use it, not even water.
• Always wash your hands before and after you use the
cream.
Adults and children
• Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area five
times a day.
• You should space each application of Zovirax by four
hours. Suggested times are: 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
and 11pm.
• If your cold sore has not healed after 4 days, or your
genital herpes sore has not healed after 5 days, you
may use the cream for 5 more days.
• If the affected area has still not healed after this, stop
using the cream and tell your doctor.
If you use more Zovirax than you should
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you use too much
Zovirax. Zovirax Cream is for use on the skin, if you
swallow any talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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:
Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000 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 and feeling faint, especially when
standing up.

Other side effects include:
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• a burning or stinging feeling after applying the cream
that goes away
• mild drying or flaking of your skin
• itching.
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
• redness of your skin
• skin rash.
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.

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Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. 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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5 How to store Zovirax
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
• Store below 25°C.
• Do not store in a refrigerator.
• Do not use Zovirax if more than one month has passed
since you first opened the tube.
• Do not use Zovirax after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton and tube. The expiry date (Exp.)
refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw
away medicines you no
longer use. These
measures will help protect
the environment.

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6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Zovirax Cream contains
• The active substance is aciclovir.
• The cream contains 5% w/w aciclovir.
• The other ingredients are poloxamer 407, cetostearyl
alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, white soft paraffin,
liquid paraffin, propylene glycol, purified water,
glycerol monostearate and polyoxyethylene stearate,
dimeticone 20.
What Zovirax looks like and contents of the pack
Each carton contains a 2 g or 10 g tube of Zovirax. The tube
has a screw cap and contains a smooth, white to off-white
cream.
Marketing authorisation holder and manufacturer
Marketing authorisation holder
The Wellcome Foundation Ltd,
Stockley Park West, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB11 1BT
Manufacturer
Glaxo Operations UK Limited,
Harmire Road, Barnard Castle,
Durham, DL12 8DT
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Leaflet date: September 2013
Zovirax is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline
group of companies.
© 2013 GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. All rights
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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.
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

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