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Generic Name: Docosanol (doe-KOE-san-ole)
Brand Name: Abreva

Abreva is used for:

Treating cold sores or fever blisters on the face or lips and shortening the duration of symptoms (eg, tingling, pain, itching, burning).

Do NOT use Abreva if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Abreva

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Abreva :

Some medical conditions may interact with Abreva . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Abreva . However, no specific interactions with Abreva are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Abreva may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Abreva :

Use Abreva as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Abreva is for external use only. Apply only to affected areas. Do not get Abreva in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Abreva in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool tap water.
  • Wash your hands before and after applying Abreva . Apply to affected area on face or lips at the first sign of a cold sore or fever blister (eg, bump, itch, tingle, redness). Early treatment ensures the best results. Rub the medicine in gently but completely.
  • Use Abreva 5 times a day until healed unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • For best results, remove any cosmetics prior to applying Abreva .
  • You may apply cosmetics (eg, lipstick) over Abreva . Use a separate applicator, such as a cotton swab, to apply cosmetics over the unhealed sore to avoid spreading the infection.
  • If you miss a dose of Abreva , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Abreva .

Important safety information:

  • Do not share this product with anyone. This may spread infection.
  • Stop using Abreva and contact your doctor if your cold sore gets worse or is not healed within 10 days.
  • Abreva is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 12 years of age without first checking with your doctor. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while using Abreva , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Abreva during pregnancy. It is unknown if Abreva is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Abreva , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Abreva :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with Abreva . Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Abreva :

Store Abreva at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep Abreva out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Abreva , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Abreva is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Abreva . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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