Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Xerese?

    Xerese is a topical (medicine applied directly on the skin) medicine used to treat herpes labialis (cold sores).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Xerese?

    Xerese is not a cure for cold sores and is only intended for cold sores of the lips and around the mouth. Xerese should not be used in the eyes, inside the mouth or nose, or on the genitals.

    There are other lesions of the mouth and face, including some infections, which may be difficult to distinguish from a cold sore. Tell your doctor if your cold sore fails to heal within 2 weeks.

  • Who should not take Xerese?

    Do not use Xerese if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Xerese?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Xerese. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a weak immune system (become sick very easily), or have any other medical conditions.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: The usual treatment is to apply a sufficient amount of cream to cover the affected and surrounding skin areas five times a day for 5 days.

  • How should I take Xerese?

    Use Xerese exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Begin using Xerese early, at the first sign of a cold sore. Wash your hands before and after using Xerese. Clean and dry the skin before applying it. Do not bathe, shower, or swim until 30 minutes after applying Xerese.

  • What should I avoid while taking Xerese?

    Do not rub the cold sore because it may spread to other areas around your mouth, or make your cold sore worse. Do not cover the cold sore or area around the cold sore with a bandage. Do not use other skin products (such as make-up, sunscreen, or lip balm) or skin medicines on the cold sore or area around the cold sore.

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

    No significant interactions have been reported with Xerese at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Xerese?

    Side effects cannot 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 taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: bitter taste, changes in your skin color where the cream is applied, drying or flaking of the skin, redness of the skin, swelling where Xerese was applied, tingling or burning

  • Can I receive Xerese if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Xerese during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Xerese?

    If you miss a dose of Xerese, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Xerese?

    Store at room temperature. Keep the tube closed tightly.