Herpex Cream 5gm
|Generic For||Zovirax Cream|
|Strength||5 gm cream|
Herpex cream - 5gm cream (Acyclovir)
Herpex Cream 5 gm is an antiviral cream that can treat cold sores caused by herpes virus infection. Its key ingredient Acyclovir is an antiviral drug and it’s widely used in creating antiviral medications for treating different viral infections. The antiviral agent of this drug is very useful to treat herpes zoster, herpes simplex, genital herpes, and chickenpox. Sometimes, acyclovir is used to treat eczema herpeticum, herpes infections of the nose, eyes, and skin in the people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This cream is also prescribed to treat oral hairy leukoplakia – a condition that causes hairy white or gray-colored patches inside the cheek or on the tongue. The FDA has granted approval to Acyclovir as an effective treatment for herpes infections.
What is Herpex Cream is used for?
Herpex 5 gm is a topical cream that can be used to treat cold sores and infections of the skin, eye and genitals caused by herpes simplex and herpes zoster virus. This cream can intensify the healing process of the sores and reduce the intensity of the symptoms of viral infections such as itching, burning, pain, and tingling. It can simply stop the growth of the virus. Though it does not cure herpes, but prevent the spread of infection further. Use this medication only under prescription. It can also be used to treat chickenpox caused by varicella-zoster virus.
How does Herpex Cream work?
The medicine contains the active ingredient Acyclovir, which is an antiviral agent. Acyclovir’s effect work on an enzyme called DNA polymerase present inside the virus cells. It prevents the synthesis of viral DNA and thereby slows down the growth and spread of the virus. Acyclovir can block DNA polymerase and thereby stop the virus cells from reproducing further. This action does not affect the human body. The cream can only stop the virus from spreading and it does not eliminate the possibility of its recurrence.
What does Acivir contain?
Each tube of Acivir cream contains 5 gm of the active component Acyclovir.
What are the side effects of Herpex Cream?
This cream does not render any serious side effects as such. Some possible side effects of Acyclovir cream include burning or stinging sensation, pruritus, flakiness of skin, dry lips, cracked lips, dry skin, and itching. The users of this medication often experience side effects like inflammation of the skin, stinging at the application site, and skin burns
These side effects are very rare in nature. However, you are advised to seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of the serious allergic reactions, including severe dizziness, rash, swelling, and trouble breathing.
What medications interact with Herpex cream?
Experts have not identified any major interactions resulting from topical or systemic administration of other drugs concomitantly with Herpex cream. In some rare cases, its application decreases urinary excretion and increases half-life. To some extent, a risk of renal impairment increases when using with other nephrotoxic drugs. This cream is contraindicated in patients with a pre-existing hypersensitivity to valaciclovir, aciclovir, or any component of the formulation.
When should Herpex cream not be used?
Herpex Cream is generally contraindicated in patients living hypersensitivity to acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any inactive ingredient in the medication.
How should Herpex be used?
You can use this medication at the first sign of viral infection. Clean your hands before and after applying this medication. Clean and dry the affected areas before application. Apply this cream directly to the affected area and rub in gently. Usually, 3-4 times a day for 4-6 days are enough to treat the problem. Those who are acyclovir for treatment of genital herpes, it is recommended to follow safe sex practices in order to prevent infection to their partners. It’s good to use a condom made of latex or polyurethane. The safety and effectiveness of Herpex Cream in the patients under 12 have not been established medically.
Missed dose of Herpex
If you have missed a dose of Herpex cream then, apply it as soon as you remember, but don’t increase the application to make up the damage of missed application.
How should Herpex Cream be stored?
You can store Herpex Cream in a cool and dry place or at a normal room temperature. Please keep the medication distant from children and pets.