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Abreva Active Ingredient
Subsequent to using abreva for over 2 weeks without results, is there anything to help me rid of these painful sores?
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See below:: It was shown to shorten the healing by 17.5 hours on average (95% confidence interval: 2 to 22 hours) in a placebo-controlled trial. Three other trials showed negative results, but these were not published. Studies showed that the average healing time of a recurrent oral-facial herpes simplex episode-treated patients was approximately one day shorter than placebo. ...Read more
Nothing, get better: Can be better if you take oral pill, talk to pmd. ...Read more
Not indicated: Abreva is indicated for the treatment of HSV 1. It is not indicated for the use on genital herpes. It is not dangerous but will likely not work. Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Acyclovir are the recommended treatment options. Acyclovir is very expensive with 30 pills costing only $4 at certain large stores. ...Read more
Different: While they are both topical treatments for cold sores (herpes simplex), they are different medications. They both may shorten the duration of an active cold sore outbreak somewhat, but through different mechanisms. Abreva has an advantage in that it is available without a prescription. ...Read more
Yes but Ice helps: The best remedy for mitigating or abating cold sore symptoms is to apply ice directly to the spots as soon as you have the prodromal symptoms (itching, tingly sensation or pain). Applying ice cubes for 10 to 15 minutes at a time 2 or 3 times a day for 1 or 2 days totally stops the sores from developing or progressing into cratered ulcers. Nothing in the pharmacies matches this. Good luck! ...Read more
Yes: One is topical and the other is oral and they are both used to treat the same thing. ...Read more
Not likely: It is not likely that you will infect your finger just by touching the cold sore while applying abreva. Just wash you hand after applying it. ...Read more
I keep getting cold sores back to back I saw one coming up so I used the abreva it went down n couple days later it came bk up what is causing that?
Herpes virus: Cold sores are viral infections and the virus "hides" in the nerves close to where the ulcer is. That is why they tend to come back in the same location. The best treatment involves antiviral meds. There is a topical application called viroxin that kills the virus and very effective at the early signs. However if your immune system is low, they come right back. ...Read more
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. Because animals and humans can respond to drugs in different ways, if you become pregnant while using this drug, your healthcare provider will consider the benefits and risks in your particular situation. ...Read more
Abreva (Docosanol) is an antiviral drug
that is used to treat cold sores caused (herpes simplex). An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. Serious side effects are rare. For potential adverse reactions see: https://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/abreva-side-effects. Html ...Read more
One of them works!: To start, Zovirax (acyclovir) works and Abreva (docosanol) doesn't. Acyclovir is proved to be effective against HSV, when taken by mouth. Docosanol slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but research shows no effect on improved symptoms or faster healing. Even acyclovir cream doesn't work well -- much more ffective by mouth -- but it's for sure better than docosanol. ...Read more
Had coldsore & put Abreva on right away. It was healed over in 9days but has left a bright red circular spot another 10days. Is it actually healed?
It's healed, but...: If the red area is intact (no open sore or scab) your outbreak has healed. It can take a few weeks for redness to fade. FYI, Abreva is ineffective; your cold sore probably didn't heal any faster than it would anyway. Speak w/ your doctor about prescription for valacyclovir (Valtrex®) to have on hand. One dose by mouth, as soon as an outbreak starts, is very effective, a lot faster than 9 days. ...Read more
Not so good: Docosanol (Abreva) has little if any effect against herpes outbreaks. It somewhat inhibits the virus in the lab, but has little benefit in shortening outbreaks. (The same is true for all creams or ointments, such as acyclovir or penciclovir, even though these are far more potent than docosanol against the virus.) Effective treatment requires oral therapy, e.g. valacyclovir or acyclovir. ...Read more