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Is abreva safe to use during pregnancy?

Is abreva safe to use during pregnancy?

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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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I am 26 weeks pregnant and got a cold sore in my lips. Can I use abreva?

I am 26 weeks pregnant and got a cold sore in my lips. Can I use abreva?

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 not cause fetal defects in pregnant animals but there is insufficient human data to approve the drug for use during pregnancy. By its chemical structure and topical use it would probably be safe, but nobody has evidence. ...Read more

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I am 15 weeks pregnant and a cold sore is developing on my lip. What can I take for it or put on it? I would usually take lysine and apply abreva.

I am 15 weeks pregnant and a cold sore is developing on my lip. What can I take for it or put on it? I would usually take lysine and apply abreva.

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. You should be able to get adequate lysine naturally in the foods you eat. Avoid foods high in arginine (chocolate, nuts, protein shakes, vitamins high in arginine) as it antagonizes lysine and may exacerbate cold sores. Some also advise avoiding—>. ...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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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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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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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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