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About Abreva

Abreva is generally used for the treatment of herpes virus infections of the mouth and face. These are most commonly known as a fever blister or cold sore. Although Abreva will not cure herpes infections, it will help to relieve pain or discomfort and help the sore to heal faster.



Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Abreva:
  • Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • An unusual or abnormal reaction to docosanol, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Suppressed immune function

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Abreva may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Abreva

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Abreva is a skin cream that is to be used externally on the skin or lips but never to be used in the eyes. Always wash you’re your hands before and after use. Use a rubber glove or finger cot so that you do not spread the infection to another spot and put on a thin layer of cream to be sure and over the lesion properly. Remember to always follow the label closely.

Abreva should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Abreva

In the event that a dose of Abreva was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Abreva. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Abreva to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • None are listed at this time although if you have a reaction please inform your doctor
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Abreva; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Abreva.

Abreva Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Abreva and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Skin rash
  • Skin irritation, itching or burning

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Abreva Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Abreva consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Abreva:

  • None are listed

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Abreva Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Abreva and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Abreva is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Abreva. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Abreva and may affect desired results. Abreva cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Abreva is against the law.

How To Store Abreva

The following is general storage information for Abreva:

  • It is important that you store Abreva at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Abreva is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Abreva out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Abreva properly.


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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Abreva. If you experience any other side effects while taking Abreva please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Abreva nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Abreva, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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