Name: Abreva

What is the most important information I should know about Abreva (docosanol topical)?

Cold sores are contagious before, during and after an outbreak or when blisters are present. Cold sore sufferers should avoid close physical or intimate contact, such as kissing, when having an outbreak.

Do not share docosanol topical with anyone. Sharing may spread the infection.

Avoid getting this medication in the eyes or mouth.

Uses of Abreva

  • It is used to treat cold sores.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Abreva?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Uses of Abreva

Abreva is an over-the-counter medication used to treat cold sores and fever blisters on the face or lips in adults and children 12 years of age and older.

Abreva Interactions

No drug interactions have been determined by the manufacturer. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Abreva Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Abreva, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Abreva Usage

Use Abreva exactly as directed.

For adults and children 12 years or over:

  • wash hands before and after applying cream
  • using a Q-tip or with clean fingers, apply cream to affected area on face or lips at the first sign of cold sore/fever blister (tingle)
  • use enough to completely cover the affected area and the area around it
  • early treatment ensures the best results
  • rub in gently but completely
  • use 5 times a day until healed, around every 3-4 hours while awake

If you miss a dose, apply as soon as your remember and then reapply the next dose on schedule.

Stop use and ask a doctor if your cold sore gets worse or is not healed within 10 days.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex

12 years or older: Apply to affected area on face or lips 5 times a day beginning at the first sign of cold sore or fever blister (i.e., tingling)

Use: For the treatment of cold sores or fever blisters on the face or lips