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What is Abreva?


Abreva® (docosanol) is a nonprescription medication for treating cold sores or fever blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Abreva® is available as a 10% cream, which is applied to the sore or blister. Headache is the most commonly reported side effect of Abreva®. Some people experience acne or a burning or stinging sensation on the skin. There is no clinical data available on the use of Abreva® on pregnant or breast feeding women. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about using this product.

See over-the-counter products available for cold sore relief available on Walgreens.com

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