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