Abreva

Generic Name: Docosanol

  • What is this medication?

    Abreva is a cold sore/fever blister treatment intended to treat cold sores/fever blisters on the face or lips to shorten the healing time and the duration of symptoms, including tingling, pain, burning, and/or itching.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Abreva?

    This product is for external use only.

    Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

    When using this product, apply only to affected areas.

    Do not use this product in or near the eyes.

    Avoid applying this product directly inside your mouth.

    Do not share this product with anyone. This may spread infection.

    Stop using this product and ask a doctor if your cold sore gets worse or the cold sore is not healed within 10 days.

    Keep out of the reach of children. If this product is swallowed, get medical help or call a poison control center right away.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before using Abreva?

    Talk to your doctor if you have any health concerns that could lead to unwanted side effects related to this product.
  • What are the possible side effects of Abreva?

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using this product.
  • What should I avoid while using Abreva?

    Avoid applying this product directly inside your mouth.

    Do not use this product in or near the eyes.

    Do not share this product with anyone. This may spread infection.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Abreva?

    If Abreva is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Abrevawith any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Abreva?

    Wash hands before and after applying this product. Early treatment ensures the best results.

    Adults and children 12 years: Apply this product to affected area on your face or lips at the first sign of a cold sore/fever blister (tingle). Rub in gently, but completely. Use 5 times a day until healed.

    Children <12: Ask a doctor.

  • How should I store Abreva?

    Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.