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No: Acyclovir is for the treatment of Herpes virus, and it is the treatment of choice of fever blisters (which are a form of herpes, not to be confused with genital herpes) Docosanol, if it has been effective for your blisters, then they are not herpes. But the two drugs are not interchangeable... ...Read more
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
Subsequent to using abreva for over 2 weeks without results, is there anything to help me rid of these painful sores?
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