Acyclovir vs Zostavax

Acyclovir
(Rx)
Zostavax
(Rx)
Acyclovir is an antiviral drug and a skin medication.
Zostavax is a vaccine.
Satisfaction Score
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3.2
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
?
No score available
Helpfulness
for Shingles
1.6
Concern level
1.7
Approval Date
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April 22, 1997
Not Available
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
30,927 Discussions
1,045 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Herpes
#2 for Shingles
#3 for Cold Sores
#5 for Chicken Pox
Acyclovir is prescribed for Herpes, Shingles, Cold Sores and Genital Herpes and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Shingles
#2 for Chicken Pox
#3 for Vaccination
#4 for Herpes
Zostavax is taken to prevent Shingles and Chicken Pox and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Acy
Tiredness
4
Acne
3
Depression
3
Allergy
3
Nausea
2
Weakness
2
Dizziness
1
Flu Like Symptoms
1
Hair Loss
1
Encephalitis
1
Zos
Rash
9
Pneumonia
5
Nerve Pain
4
Allergy
3
CLL
3
MS
2
Weakness
2
Leukemia
2
Immunosuppressive State
2
Burning
2
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Acyclovir
Acy
Zostavax
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Tiredness
Acy
Zos
4
0
Acne
Acy
Zos
3
0
Depression
Acy
Zos
3
0
Allergy
Acy
Zos
3
3
Nausea
Acy
Zos
2
0
Weakness
Acy
Zos
2
2
Dizziness
Acy
Zos
1
0
Flu Like Symptoms
Acy
Zos
1
0
Hair Loss
Acy
Zos
1
0
Encephalitis
Acy
Zos
1
0
Rash
Zos
Acy
9
0
Pneumonia
Zos
Acy
5
0
Nerve Pain
Zos
Acy
4
0
Allergy
Zos
Acy
3
3
CLL
Zos
Acy
3
0
MS
Zos
Acy
2
0
Weakness
Zos
Acy
2
2
Leukemia
Zos
Acy
2
0
Immunosuppressive State
Zos
Acy
2
0
Burning
Zos
Acy
2
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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B Category B
Before taking Acyclovir during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Acyclovir and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Zostavax and alcohol.
Method of use
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Ointment, Pill
Injection
Dosages
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Tablet: 50 mg, 400 mg, 800 mg
Suspension: 200 mg/5 mL, 200 mg/5 mL (5 mL)
Capsule: 200 mg
Cream: 5%
Ointment: 5%
Suspension: 19400 unit/0.65 mL
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Acyclovir , Acyclovir; micronized
Varicella Virus Vaccine Live/Pf
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Acyclovir and Zostavax: Should not be taken together. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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