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Brand name: Zovirax

Zovirax is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) aciclovir. On this page you will find out more about Zovirax, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: aciclovir

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Zovirax 500 mg powder for injection, 5 vials

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What this medicine is for

1. Promoting resolution of acute manifestations of mucocutaneous Herpes simplex virus in immunocompromised patients. 2. Treatment of severe initial or primary genital herpes in immune competent patients. 3. Treatment of acute manifestations of Varicella zoster virus infection in immunocompromised patients. 4. Treatment of shingles (Varicella zoster virus infection) in immune competent patients who show severe acute local or systemic manifestations of the disease. INDICATIONS AS AT 20 JULY 1995: Benefits can be expected in patients with rash duration shorter than 72 hours. The use of the intravenous infusion may be warranted in only a small subgroup of immune competent patients. 5. Treatment of Herpes simplex encephalitis.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white freeze dried powder.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
5 vials X 500mg: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 5 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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