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What medication is prescribed for severe chickenpox?

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If you’re at risk for severe chickenpox and already have symptoms, your doctor might prescribe an antiviral medication called acyclovir (Sitavig, Zovirax). It can help  make your symptoms less severe. You’ll take the first dose within 24 hours of developing the rash. Then you’ll take a tablet 5 times a day for 7 days.

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox)”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox,” “Colloidal Oatmeal: History, Chemistry and Clinical Properties.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?” “Chickenpox,” “First Aid: Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

PubMed Health: “Varicella (Chickenpox)”

MedlinePlus: “Chickenpox,” “Colloidal Oatmeal: History, Chemistry and Clinical Properties.”

Mayo Clinic: “Chickenpox.”

KidsHealth: “What Makes Chickenpox Itch?” “Chickenpox,” “First Aid: Chickenpox.”

CDC: “Chickenpox (Varicella).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 5, 2019

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