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Can abreva actually work?

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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Could abreva work for healing coldsores?

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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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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Can abreva work to get rid of cold sores?

Sort Of: It helps with the symptoms & can make an outbreak less painful & maybe last a little shorther time. Even prescription meds do this but are more effective. There are meds that can be used to prevent them but you will need a prescription from your md or dentist. Some you take all the time, others you take when you first feel the burning sensation but both keep it from coming out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva work with cold sores?

Abreva/ Valtrex (valacyclovir): Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitor. Both decrease replication of the Herpes Simplex virus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva work with cold sores?

Can you tell me how could Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva work with cold sores?

Abreva/ Valtrex (valacyclovir): Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitor. Both decrease replication of the Herpes Simplex virus. ...Read more

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Does abreva really work to heal cold sores? I feel like It did the opposite and caused my cold sore to spread

Not effective: Docosanol (Abreva) slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but not effective in treating oral herpes. So it's not quite quackery, but comes close. But it shouldn't make an outbreak worse, unless maybe you're allergic and it caused increased redness, itching, etc. Ask your doctor about a prescription for valacyclovir: 2 g twice, 12 hr apart as soon as an outbreak starts, is very effective. ...Read more

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Which works better for genital herpes carmex or abreva? ..

Which works better for genital herpes carmex or abreva? ..

Neither: Neither of these will work well for genital herpes. The best option would be to call your doctor for a prescription for an anti-viral medication, such as valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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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

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How do I apply abreva?

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

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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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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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Abreva (Definition)

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