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Can you use abreva while pregnant

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
A revs: No human studies have been done on abreva and pregnancy. However, when the drug was given to pregnant animals, it did not appear to cause any problems... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Herpes simplex: Abreva (docosanol), is a topical cream to treat cold sores caused by herpes simplex 1 virus. The fda has listed abreva as category b, meaning it does... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Pregnant & cold sore: There are insufficient data on the use of lysine in pregnancy; so it is best not to use it. Abreva, however, being a topical treatment should be ok. Y... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Yes But: Do not play with it or it will get bigger, do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. H... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by bl... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Moeller
Dermatology 39 years experience
Shingles: The best way to treat shingles is to start oral antiviral meds such as valtrez as soon as possible to reduce the chance of postherpetic neuralgia.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick Debnath
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Different: While they are both topical treatments for cold sores (herpes simplex), they are different medications. They both may shorten the duration of an activ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
HSV: Abreva is otc and am not at all impressed with its utility. Denavir (penciclovir) requires a prescription. Quite frankly the effect that any topical... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Docosanol.: Abreva contains docosanol which is reported to prevent the herpes simplex virus from penetrating the membranes of your cells. I am hoping some other p... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danielle DeHoratius
Dermatology 20 years experience
Yes: One is topical and the other is oral and they are both used to treat the same thing.