GlaxoSmithKline | Abreva (Medication)


Abreva is a docosanol 10% cream for the topical treatment of recurrent oral-facial herpes simplex episodes also known as cold sores or fever blisters. Use this medication at the first signs of a cold sore such as tingling, burning, redness, or a bump. Apply this product on clean and dry affected areas usually 5 times a day every 3-4 hours, or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands with soap and water after applying. Apply to skin only. Do not apply inside the eye, mouth or nose. Remove any cosmetics from the affected area before applying.

Docosanol does not prevent the spread of herpes. Avoid close physical contact with others such as kissing during an outbreak until the cold sores have completely healed. Also, try not to touch the cold sore, and wash your hands if you do touch the cold sore. ...

Side Effect:

Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Redness or swelling may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, consult a doctor.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:rash, itching or swelling especially of the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. Other serious but rare side effects include:painful menstrual periods, stuffy or runny nose, headaches and infection. ...


You should not take Abreva if you are allergic to it, docosanol, or any inactive components used to make the medication.

Do not use this medication in or near the eyes. Also, do not apply it to the inside of your mouth. Abreva is not approved to treat canker sores.

Abreva is not approved for use in children under the age of 12 years old and should not be used for more than 10 days at a time.

Abreva is unlikely to react with other medications.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...