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Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the etonogestrel implant are the most effective reversible contraceptive methods available. Hormonal oral contraceptives, patches, rings, and injectables are also highly effective in preventing pregnancy. When used alone, barrier and fertility-based methods generally have higher failure rates than other methods....  Continue reading
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The recommendations for treatment of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are listed in tables 1 and 2. Vaccination against VZV was reviewed in a previous issue.1

ACYCLOVIR — Acyclovir (Zovirax, and generics) is available in topical, oral, and IV formulations. Unlike famciclovir and valacyclovir, acyclovir has poor oral bioavailability; frequent high doses are needed for adequate antiviral activity.

VZV Infection – Oral acyclovir ... Continue reading