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Medication Class — Herpes Medications

Medication Class Description:

Herpes infections of all types, oral, genital and skin (Zoster), may be prevented or treated with both oral and topical (skin) medications.  Famvir (famciclovir) and Zovirax (acyclovir) are available in oral forms.  Pilots using these medications must ground themselves for at least two days once beginning the drug, to determine there are no significant side effects.  If none, the FAA will authorize pilots to fly on these medications and report their use on the next medical application.  Zovirax also is available in a cream, which pilots may use and not ground themselves if the condition does not interfere with safe operations of an aircraft.

Medications Within Class:

Famvir (famciclovir) and Zovirax (acyclovir)