How To Use This Medicine
Zostrix is intended for external use on the skin only. Do not swallow the
Do not use Zostrix in wounds or on skin that is burned, broken, damaged, or irritated.
Do not apply Zostrix in or near the eyes, in the nose, or in the mouth. If this occurs,
wash with water. If irritation persists, seek medical attention.
Zostrix should be applied regularly, as directed, to get the best results from the
medication. Pain relief may occur gradually, as the substance P is decreased in the
nerve cells. Relief may be decreased or delayed if Zostrix is not applied regularly
Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area, and gently massage the skin
until the medicine is fully absorbed. For best results, Zostrix should be applied 3 to 4
times a day. Avoid thick application of Zostrix.
Wash your hands immediately after application of the medication to avoid spreading
the medication to the mucous membranes, eyes, contact lenses, and other sensitive areas.
Since a small amount of Zostrix may still remain on the hands after washing, avoid
touching the eyes, nose, mouth, contact lenses, or other sensitive areas of the body
If you are using Zostrix to treat a hand condition, wait 30 minutes after application
before washing your hands. Avoid touching the eyes, nose, mouth, contact lenses, or
other sensitive areas until the medication has been washed off.
A localized burning sensation may occur with application of Zostrix. This sensation
is typically mild, and generally decreases with regular use of the product. If the
sensation becomes painful or unbearable, wash the area with soap and cool water. Heat
and excessive perspiration may intensify the burning sensation.
Do not wrap or bandage the area after application of Zostrix. Do not apply
Zostrix immediately before or after activities such as bathing, swimming, sun bathing,
or strenuous exercise. Do not apply external heat to the treated area immediately before
or after applying Zostrix.
Do not inhale the dried residue of Zostrix which can cause coughing, sneezing,
tearing, and/or throat or lung irritation. If difficulty breathing or swallowing occurs,
seek medical attention.
Do not use Zostrix more often or for longer than is directed. Talk to your healthcare
provider if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen. Store Zostrix at room
temperature away from moisture and heat, out of the reach of children and pets.
- The safety of Zostrix cream in pregnant or nursing women hasn't been established
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine
in children. Special care may be needed.