ABREVA docosanol

Get an overview of ABREVA (docosanol cream), including its generic name, formulation (i.e. pill, oral solution, injection, inhaled medicine) and why it’s used. The medication in ABREVA can be sold under different names.

Refer to the “Also Known As” section to reference different products that include the same medication as ABREVA.

Drug Basics

Brand Name: ABREVA

Generic Name: DOCOSANOL

Drug Type: HUMAN OTC DRUG

Route: TOPICAL

Dosage Form: CREAM

Data Current As Of: 2018-12-31

active ingredient

Docosanol 10%

purpose

Cold sore/fever blister treatment

uses

  • treats cold sores/fever blisters on the face or lips
  • shortens healing time and duration of symptoms:
    • tingling, pain, burning, and/or itching

warnings

For external use only

do not use

  • if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product

when using this product

  • apply only to affected areas
  • do not use in or near the eyes
  • avoid applying directly inside your mouth
  • do not share this product with anyone. This may spread infection.

stop use & ask a doctor if

  • your cold sore gets worse or the cold sore is not healed within 10 days

keep out of reach of children.

If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.

directions

  • adults and children 12 years or over:
    • wash hands before and after applying cream
    • apply to affected area on face or lips at the first sign of cold sore/fever blister (tingle).
    • early treatment ensures the best results
    • rub in gently but completely
    • use 5 times a day until healed

children under 12 years: ask a doctor

other information

  • store at 20o-25oC (68o-77oF)
  • do not freeze

inactive ingredients

benzyl alcohol, light mineral oil, propylene glycol, purified water, sucrose distearate, sucrose stearate

questions or comments?

call toll-free 1-877-709-3539 (English/Spanish) weekdays

visit us at www.abreva.com

If you are not completely satisfied, save receipt and remaining product, and call us at 1-877-709-3539 weekdays.

Abreva and logo design and overall design elements are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

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Made in Germany

Thank you for puchasing ABREVA®. We hope that since ABREVA shortens the healing time of cold sores, it helps you look and feel better faster. Please follow insert directions for proper use and refer to the information below.

You are not alone

An estimated one-in-five Americans is affected by cold sores each year. Most people who experience them get two to three cold sore outbreaks each year. Just before and during an outbreak, the cold sore infection can be easily passed on to others. It is especially important to be aware of early warning signs that a cold sore is coming, and to be sure to avoid close physical contact when you have one.

Getting to the Root of the Problem

A blister, or cluster of blisters around your mouth, is caused by the cold sore virus. After the cold sore has healed, the virus stays dormant in your body but can be reactivated by everyday triggers like stress, sunlight, extreme hot or cold weather, colds and flu, lack of sleep, or menstruation.

The Sooner, the Better

A typical cold sore outbreak can last as long as seven to ten days. The sooner you begin using ABREVA, the more effective the medicine will be. So for best results, use ABREVA at the very start of the cold sore - when you feel the first sign of the tingle, redness, bump or itch.

ABREVA is different from other over-the-counter cold sore products. Only ABREVA contains 10% docosanol, which helps to shorten the healing time of cold sores and the duration of symptoms including tingling, pain, itching and burning.

frequently asked questions:

How is ABREVA different from the over-the-counter cold sore remedies I have already been using?

Abreva is the only FDA approved non-prescription cold sore medicine that can actually shorten healing time and the duration of symptoms. The sooner you start using ABREVA, the sooner you can begin healing your cold sore.

Who can use ABREVA?

Adults and children 12 years and over can use ABREVA.

How often can I apply ABREVA?

ABREVA should be used five times a day until the cold sore is healed. Apply it directly to the cold sore at the first sign of a tingle, redness, bump or itch for best results.

Can I apply cosmetics on top of ABREVA?

Yes, cosmetics such as lipstick may be applied over ABREVA. However, use a separate applicator, like a cotton swab, to apply cosmetics over an unhealed cold sore to avoid spreading the infection. For best results, remove any cosmetics prior to applying ABREVA.

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This drug label information is as submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is intended for informational purposes only. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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