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Zovirax

For faster healing of cold sores, Zovirax contains an antiviral which prevents the virus which causes cold sores (HSV-1) from replicating.

You can safely buy Zovirax online from Prescription Doctor. If our doctor approves your order before 3pm (weekdays), our UK registered pharmacy will send out your item to your door via a fast and discreet courier service.

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  4. Our team of expert prescribers will assess whether medication is suitable.
  5. If you get the green light and it is deemed suitable, your order will be processed quickly and efficiently.
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We deliver medications between Monday and Saturday. You can upgrade to Saturday delivery on Friday.

My Order Hasn’t Arrived What Should I Do?

You should receive a tracking number with your order which you can use this number to track your parcel online. This should give you a clear indication of where your parcel is. If you haven’t received your parcel in the time frame given by our couriers, contact your local depot to find out where it is. You can also contact our support team who will do this for you.

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On checkout you will be asked to leave your mobile number so our courier can text you about the delivery. This is also useful if the courier has problems finding your address. We will not use your mobile number for anything else.

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How Can I Pay for My Order?

You can pay for your order using credit, debit card or via bank transfer.

I Don’t Have a Credit Card, How Can I Pay?

If you don’t have a credit or debit card you can pay via bank transfer. We will give you a unique reference number at checkout along with details of how to make the transfer. Once the money has cleared in our account, we will process your order.

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You can pay for your order using credit, debit card and bank transfer.

Card Payment: Please notify us that you wish to cancel your order. Your refund will show available In 1 - 3 days.

Bank Transfer: A member of our team will contact you requesting for your bank details. These details are only used to transfer the funds back into your account.

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What is Zovirax?

Zovirax is a topical antiviral medicine used to treat cold sores in adults. It contains the antiviral ingredient aciclovir.


What are cold sores? 

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). The virus can easily be transmitted through person to person contact. Cold sore symptoms appear as small fluid filled blisters on the lips or any other area around the face.

When the herpes virus infects the body, it targets the nerve cells and tissues around the face which causes the outbreak of cold sores. Although the immune system attacks the virus initially, it does not completely rid the body of the virus.

Herpes can reside for as long as months or years in the nerve cells and tissue. It can however resurface and cause recurrent outbreaks when the body is subject to certain triggers like stress, menstruation and excessive exposure to sunlight.

Cold sores, caused by the herpes virus, can be highly contagious. There is currently no treatment to permanently remove the herpes virus from the body and prevent cold sore outbreaks, but there are antiviral medicines that can treat symptoms faster during an outbreak. 

Treatment should be started immediately to improve symptoms like itching and cold sore blisters, as the condition can be very painful and unsightly.


How does Zovirax work?

Zovirax contains the active ingredient aciclovir, which is an antiviral agent. Aciclovir works against the herpes virus by stopping it from multiplying in the nerve cells and tissues of the body. 

When aciclovir enters the herpes virus, it becomes another compound called aciclovir triphosphate. This compounds acts to inhibit an enzyme which is necessary for the virus to multiply and spread, enabling the immune system to attack the virus into remission.

Zovirax helps to improve the symptoms of cold sores and speed up recovery, but it does not prevent the virus from being passed on to another person.


How do I use Zovirax?

Zovirax cream should only be applied generously on the skin, specifically on cold sore lesions.

You should ensure that you wash your hands before and after applying the cream.

Zovirax cream should be used as soon as cold sore symptoms such as tingling and itching present, however, it can also be used later on when blisters appear.

Zovirax cream should be applied 5 times a day for 4 full days to ensure speedy healing.

If there are no improvements with symptoms after 4 days, users can continue applying the cream for up to 10 days.

If your cold sore worsens or does not fully heal after 10 days of using the cream, consult a doctor for further advice.


Side effects and cautions

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody experiences them.

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Irritation, such as burning, itching or stinging at the sight of the application.
  • Mild drying or flaking of the skin

If any side effects you experience worsen, or you experience side effects which are not listed in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor immediately.

Do not use Zovirax if you are allergic to aciclovir or any other ingredients of this medicine.

If you experience the signs of an allergic reaction, stop using the cream and seek medical attention immediately. Signs of an allergic reaction may include a rash or hives on the skin, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing and swallowing, unexplained fever and feeling faint.

Always keep medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Please inform our doctor of any medicines you are currently taking, including prescribed, over-the-counter and herbal treatments.


Table of contents

What is Zovirax?

What are cold sores?

How does Zovirax work?

How do I use Zovirax?

Side effects and cautions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Zovirax cold sore cream
  • Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline
  • Active Ingredient(s): Aciclovir
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: Cream
  • Available Strength: 5% w/w
  • Exemption: Prescription Only Medicine
  • Dosage: Apply a thin layer to the skin up to 5 times a day for 5 days
  • Description: Zovirax is an antiviral cream used to treat cold sores
  • Drug Class: Antiviral
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Tell our doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or plan on becoming pregnant before using Zovirax cream
  • When Breastfeeding: Tell our doctor if you are breastfeeding before using Zovirax cream
  • Related Drug: Aciclovir cream
Click here to view the Zovirax - Patient Information Leaflet

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