Zovirax Cream Pump (Acyclovir) Medication


Zovirax Cream Pump (Acyclovir)

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Drug Description


Zovirax Cream Pump is used to treat cold sores (herpes labialis) caused by the herpes simplex virus. It helps to fight the virus and promote healing. 

Zovirax Cream Pump contains the active ingredient aciclovir, which is an antiviral medication. Aciclovir works by inhibiting the replication of the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is the virus responsible for causing cold sores. 

Use and Dosage 

Zovirax Cream Pump should be applied to the affected area of the lip or face at the first sign of a cold sore (tingling, itching, or burning sensation). The cream should be applied five times a day at about four-hour intervals for four days. Make sure to follow the instructions provided with the pump dispenser. 

To use Zovirax Cream Pump, you can follow these general guidelines: 

  1. Clean and dry the affected area: Before applying Zovirax Cream Pump, make sure the area is clean and dry. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after application. 
  2. Prime the pump: If it is the first time using the pump or if it has not been used for a while, you may need to prime the pump by pressing down on it a few times until the cream starts to come out. 
  3. Apply a thin layer: Gently squeeze the pump to release a small amount of cream onto your finger or directly onto the affected area. Apply a thin layer of cream, ensuring that the entire cold sore or affected area is covered. 
  4. Rub in the cream: Use your finger to gently rub the cream into the skin until it is absorbed. Wash your hands again after application to avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body or to others. 

To prevent further irritation or spreading of the virus, avoid touching or rubbing the cold sore unnecessarily. Remember to read and follow the specific instructions provided with the Zovirax Cream Pump packaging.  

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects 

  • Burning or stinging skin 
  • Dry or cracked lips 
  • Flaky, peeling, or dry skin 
  • Redness, swelling, or irritation in the place where you applied the medication 

Serious Side Effects 

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing 
  • Hives 
  • Hoarseness 
  • Itching 
  • Rash 
  • Swelling of the face, throat, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs 


  • Allergic reaction: Some individuals may be allergic to aciclovir, the active ingredient in Zovirax Cream Pump. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention. 
  • Avoid contact with the eyes: Acyclovir is for external use only. Avoid getting the cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth. In case of accidental contact, rinse thoroughly with water. 
  • Avoid applying it to broken or damaged skin: Do not apply the Pump to open wounds, broken skin, or areas with eczema. This could lead to increased absorption of the medication and potential adverse effects. 
  • Use with caution in certain medical conditions: If you have a weakened immune system, kidney problems, or any other underlying medical condition, consult with your healthcare provider before using the cream. 
  • Interactions with other medications: Acyclovir may interact with other medications. Inform your healthcare provider or pharmacist about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products, to avoid potential drug interactions. 
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: While Zovirax Cream Pump is considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, consult with your healthcare provider before using any medication. 
  • Avoid sexual contact during active cold sore: Zovirax Cream Pump is not a barrier method and does not prevent the transmission of the herpes simplex virus. To avoid spreading the virus to your partner, sexual contact while you have an active cold sore. 
  • Do not share the cream: Acyclovir should not be shared with others, even if they have similar symptoms. Sharing the cream can increase the risk of spreading the virus or causing an adverse reaction in someone else. 
  • Delayed healing: Acyclovir is intended to help reduce the duration and severity of cold sores. However, it may not prevent the sore from fully developing or eliminate the virus from your body. If your symptoms worsen or do not improve after a few days of using the cream, consult your healthcare provider. 
  • Avoid sun exposure: Direct sunlight or sunlamps can trigger or worsen cold sores. Protect the affected area by using sunscreen or wearing lip balm with SPF when you are outdoors.  

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