Avirax review

Avirax is typically used in the treatment of herpes and is commonly prescribed as Zovirax. Herpes treatment includes genital herpes, herpes zoster, herpes encephalitis, and herpes in people with compromised immune systems. Avirax is a member of the antiviral medicaments family.

Avirax is not for everyone and a thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a medical history which includes kidney disease, liver disease, current dialysis, brain disorders, nervous system disorders, breathing problems, or electrolyte imbalances may not be able to take Avirax or may require careful monitoring while undergoing treatment with this medication, depending on the patient's condition.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Avirax as a pregnancy risk category B, which means that this medication is not expected to cause harm or birth defects to an unborn baby. Since herpes can be passed from a mother to child during birth, it is vital that pregnant women are treated for herpes while they are carrying their child. Avirax does pass into the mother's breast milk and may cause harm to a nursing baby. As such, this medication should not be prescribed to women who are nursing.

There are some less common but serious side effects associated with Avirax. If a patient is experiencing a serious side effect or an allergic reaction they should seek immediate emergency medical assistance. An allergic reaction will present symptoms which include facial skin edema, including skin edema of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives, and difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects which require emergency medical treatment include fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, difficulty urinating, no urine output, a red, blistering, or peeling rash, skin edema or pain at the injection site, skin color changes at the injection site, confusion, agitation, tremors, jaundice, pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, weakness, fatigue, hallucinations, or convulsions.

Less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical treatment but should be reported to your doctor. Patients should report all side effects to their doctors. Less serious side effects include symptoms such as cephalalgias, lightheadedness, nausea, emesis, lack of appetite, diarrhea, stomach pain, skin edema in the hands or feet, muscle pain, numbness or tingling, insomnia or other sleep problems, and a lack of coordination. Frequently, less serious side effects can be reduced to a tolerable level by reducing the dosage of Avirax which is why it is important to communicate with your doctor.

Avirax should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician. If the patient misses a dosage, the dosage should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next scheduled dosage, the missed dosage should be skipped to avoid the potential for an overdosage. The patient should never take a double dosage of this medication. If an overdosage is suspected, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention. An overdosage will present with symptoms which include decreased urination or no urination, hallucinations, agitation, and seizures.

There is a risk of drug interactions associated with Avirax. Patients are urged to consult with the prescribing physician before taking any new medicaments, including over the counter medicaments and herbal remedies. Medications with known negative interactions include probenecid and some narcotic pain relievers.

Avirax has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of avirax

• Molecular formula of avirax is C8H11N5O3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-amino-9-(2-hydroxyethoxymethyl)-3H-purin-6-one
• Molecular weight is 225.205 g/mol
Avirax available : 200mg capsules, 5% cream 2gm tube, 5% cream 5gm tube, 5% ointment 15gm tube, 200mg/5ml suspension 73ml bottle, 400mg tablets, 800mg tablets

Generic name: Acyclovir

Brand name(s): Aciclovier, Aciclovir, Acycloguanosine, Acyclovir sodium, Alti-Acyclovir, Valtrex, Vipral, Virorax, Zovirax

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