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docosanol topical (cont.)

Who should not use docosanol topical (Abreva)?

Before using docosanol topical, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions or if you use any other medications.

The FDA has not evaluated the effects of docosanol topical used during pregnancy. Do not use docosanol topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether docosanol topical passes into breast milk. Do not use docosanol topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.

Docosanol topical is not approved for use by children younger than 12 years old.

How should I apply docosanol topical (Abreva)?

Use docosanol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after applying docosanol topical.

Docosanol topical should be applied at the very first sign of a cold sore, such as the tingle, redness, bump, or itch.

Docosanol topical is a smooth, white cream that dries clear. It won't sting or burn and it has no medicinal smell or taste.

Remove any cosmetics before applying docosanol topical. Apply enough docosanol topical to completely cover the cold sore or fever blister and rub in gently and completely.

Docosanol topical is usually applied five times a day until healed. Stop using docosanol topical and see your doctor if the cold sore gets worse or the cold sore is not healed with in 10 days.

If at any time the medication is accidentally removed, re-apply it as soon as possible.

Cosmetics, such as lipstick, may be applied over docosanol topical. However, use a separate applicator, such as cotton swab, to apply cosmetics over an unhealed cold sore to avoid spreading the infection.

Do not share docosanol topical with anyone. Sharing may spread the infection.

Avoid getting this medication in the eyes or mouth.

Store docosanol topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

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