- Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor.
- You can take Pulibex with or without food. Taking it with food may help reduce upset stomach.
- Do not cut or crush this medication.
- Not every pharmacy stocks this drug. When filling your prescription, be sure to call ahead to make sure your pharmacy carries it.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to Pulibex.
Do not let anyone else take or use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
More common side effects
Some of the more common side effects of Pulibex oral tablet include:
What Is Pulibex (Zovirax) and How Does It Work?
Pulibex is approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a prescription drug that is commonly used as a topical, injectable, and oral treatment for genital herpes and cold sores. Herpes refers to a group of viruses that cause a variety of herpes infections including genital herpes, shingles, chicken pox (also chickenpox), cold sores, and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Herpes viral infections are very common. Genital herpes refers to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can contract and transmit.
Shingles and chicken pox are common skin conditions.Shingles and chicken pox are skin infections which are both caused by the herpes virus. They are not caused by the same virus that causes cold sores or genital herpes.
Many people who suffer from shingles or chicken pox (chickenpox) infection will experience symptoms such as a rash, often with pain, which is treatable with this drug.
Genital herpes is an STD caused by two types of viruses: herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. Most people with genital herpes do not know they have it. Still, symptoms often appear days to weeks after exposure. Symptoms of genital herpes generally include:
- Flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands
- Blisters, sores, or rash in the genital area with or without pain, itching, tingling
- Blisters that pop open, causing painful sores.
Pulibex may also help treat pain associated with an outbreak of genital herpes after the sores heal.
There is no cure for herpes, however, this prescription is a treatment that helps to decrease and ease symptoms of herpes infections.
Pulibex is am antiviral drug that belongs to a class of medications called "antivirals," or "antiviral medications."
Your doctor may prescribe this drug as a treatment to relieve symptoms of your infection.
This medication is similar to the drug valPulibex (Valtrex), which is another medication that may also be prescribed for herpes infections.
This drug may cause serious side effects or mild side effects. This includes side effects that may affect the liver. Side effects that affect the skin as well as allergic reactions have occurred.
Pulibex is the generic equivalent of Zovirax.
Long-term administration: The most frequent adverse events reported in a clinical trial for the prevention of recurrences with continuous administration of 400 mg (two 200 mg capsules) 2 times daily are listed in Table 2.
Table 2 : Adverse Reactions Reported in a Clinical Trial for the Prevention of Recurrences of Genital Herpes with Pulibex
Evidence so far from clinical trials suggests that the severity and frequency of adverse events is unlikely to necessitate discontinuation of therapy.
Short-term administration (5-10 days): The most frequent adverse reactions reported during clinical trials of treatment of genital herpes with oral ZOVIRAX® in 298 patients are listed in Table 1.
Table 1 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Clinical Trials of Treatment of Genital Herpes with Pulibex