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ZOVIRAX TABLETS 200MG

Active substance(s): ACICLOVIR / ACICLOVIR

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
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Zovirax

Tablets 200 mg
aciclovir

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.

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• 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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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

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What Zovirax is and what it is
used for
Zovirax Tablets 200 mg (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, genital 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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

Taking this medicine
• Take this medicine by mouth
• Dissolve the tablet in a glass of water and stir
before drinking
• If you prefer, the tablet can also be swallowed
whole with a little water.
• 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. An 800 mg tablet is also
available.

Treatment of chickenpox and shingles
• The usual dose is 800 mg taken 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 200 mg tablet taken 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 200 mg tablet taken 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 200 mg tablet taken 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
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Talk to your doctor before taking Zovirax if any of
the above apply.

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If you take more Zovirax than you should

Zovirax

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

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• 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.

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Possible side effects

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Like all medicines, this medicine 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 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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How to store Zovirax
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children.
• Do not store above 30°C.
• Store in the original package.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton after Exp. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not throw away any 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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Contents of the pack and other
information
What Zovirax Tablets 200 mg contain
• The active substance is aciclovir.
• The other ingredients are microcrystalline
cellulose, aluminium magnesium silicate,
sodium starch glycollate, povidone K30,
magnesium stearate, purified water, industrial
methylated spirit, ethanol, hypromellose,
polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide,
polyethylene glycol 8000.

What Zovirax looks like and contents of
the pack
Zovirax Tablets 200 mg are supplied to you in
cartons containing 25 tablets in aluminium foil
strips. They are white, round tablets marked
“GXCF3” on one side.
Each 200 mg tablet contains 200 mg aciclovir.

Marketing authorisation holder and
manufacturer
Marketing authorisation holder
The Wellcome Foundation Ltd, Stockley Park West,
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB11 1BT
Manufacturer
GlaxoWellcome SA, Aranda de Duero, Burgos, Spain

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This leaflet was last revised in February 2015.
Zovirax is a registered trade mark of the GSK
group of companies.
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