Top 20 Doctor insights on: Abreva active ingredient

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What does abreva do?

What does abreva do?

Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by blocking fusion of plasma membrane & envelope of herpes simplex virus. This decreases replication of the virus. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Docosanol (Definition)

Docosanol is a mouth/lip preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


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How do I apply abreva?

How do I apply abreva?

Directly: See your dermatologist for the best treatment. ...Read more

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Can abreva actually work?

Shortens duration: Abreva is a topical over the counter treatment for cold sores (herpes simplex). While untreated outbreaks may last up to 10 days, abreva may shorten the duration of the outbreak by perhaps 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Docosanol or abreva OTC is sell in mexico? Where can I find this medication?

Docosanol or abreva OTC is sell in mexico? Where can I find this medication?

Abreva: Abreva is an antiviral agent for reducing the duration of cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. You should find this medication at your local pharmacy. ...Read more

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Could abreva work for healing coldsores?

Yes: It will soothe the coldsore and allow it to heal with less discomfort for you. ...Read more

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How quickly does abreva work?

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

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Can abreva help with hsv2?

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

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Can abreva work on cold sores?

Yes,: There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. Abreva is one of them. ...Read more

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What does abreva do to cold sores?

What does abreva do to cold sores?

Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by blocking fusion of plasma membrane & envelope of herpes simplex virus. This decreases replication of the virus. ...Read more

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Would you treat shingles with abreva?

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. ...Read more

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Is abreva and denavir (penciclovir) the same?

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

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I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

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

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Which is better abreva or denavir (penciclovir)?

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 anti-herpes medication has on a relapse of HSV is minimal at best. ...Read more

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How will I know what does abreva do for cold sores?

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 physicians who prescribe this produce can comment on effectiveness. ...Read more

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Question about abreva for cold sores, what exactly does it do?

Abreva: Abreva contains docosanol which is reported to prevent the herpes simplex virus from penetrating the membranes of your cells. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Abreva (Definition)

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