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What medications treat chickenpox?

Children with chickenpox usually don't take any medications to help treat it. But if you're at risk for some serious conditions that have been linked to the virus, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug, such as acyclovir, immune globulin intravenous, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. These drugs will help reduce the severity of the symptoms of chickenpox. If the rash has lasted more than a day, though, these drugs may not be effective. Pregnant women are not usually given these drugs.
Over-the-counter medications can help relieve fever and itching, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and colloidal oatmeal baths or calamine lotion can ease the itch.

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