Before taking Virest,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Virest, valVirest (Valtrex), any other medications, milk proteins, or any of the ingredients in Virest products. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: amphotericin B (Fungizone); aminoglycoside antibiotics such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Nes-RX, Neo-Fradin), paramomycin (Humatin), streptomycin, and tobramycin (Tobi, Nebcin); aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn); cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune); medications to treat HIV or AIDS such as zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT); pentamidine (NebuPent); probenecid (Benemid); sulfonamides such as sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim); tacrolimus (Prograf); and vancomycin. Many other medications may also interact with Virest, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if there is a possibility you may be dehydrated from a recent illness or activity, or if you have or have ever had problems with your immune system; human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV); acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); or kidney disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking Virest, call your doctor.
- if you are taking Virest to treat genital herpes, you should know that genital herpes can be spread through sexual contact even if you don't have blisters or other symptoms and possibly even if you are taking Virest. Talk to your doctor about ways to stop the spread of genital herpes and about whether your partner(s) should receive treatment.
Is Virest safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies of Virest in pregnant women. In a patient registry of women who used Virest during the first trimester, the rate of birth defects was similar to the rate of birth defects in the general population.
Virest is excreted in breast milk, and a significant amount may be transferred to the infant.
Serious Interactions of Virest include:
- amphotericin B deoxycholate
- neomycin PO
- oral probenecid
- talimogene laherparepvec
Virest has moderate interactions with at least 28 different drugs.Virest has mild interactions with at least 65 different drugs.This document does not contain all possible interactions from the use of this medication. Therefore, before using this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.
Virest can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. This increases your risk of sunburn. Avoid the sun if you can. If you can't, be sure to wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen.
To use buccal Virest, follow these steps:
- Find the area on the upper gum above your left and right incisor teeth (the teeth just to the left and right of your two front teeth).
- With dry hands, remove one delayed-release tablet from the container.
- Gently apply the tablet to the upper gum area as high as it will go on your gum above one of your incisor teeth on the side of your mouth with the cold sore. Do not apply it to the inside of the lip or cheek.
- Hold the tablet in place for 30 seconds.
- If the tablet does not stick to your gum or if it sticks to your cheek or the inside of your lip, reposition it to stick to your gum. Leave the tablet in place until it dissolves.
- Do not interfere with the placement of the tablet. Check to see if the tablet is still in place after eating, drinking, or rinsing your mouth.
If the delayed-release buccal tablet comes off within the first 6 hours of application, reapply the same tablet. If it still will not stick, then apply a new tablet. If you accidentally swallow the tablet within the first 6 hours of application, drink a glass of water and place a new tablet on your gum. If the tablet falls off or is swallowed 6 or more hours after application, do not apply a new tablet until your next regular time.
What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Virest (Zovirax)?
Common side effects or health problems may include:
Other Virest side effects, adverse reactions, or health problems may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects or health problems may occur as a result of the use of this drug. Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may report side effects or health problems to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Virest only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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