docosanol topical (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Abreva)?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember, then re-apply the next dose on schedule. It does not matter if the time interval between those doses is reduced.
What happens if I overdose (Abreva)?
An overdose of this medication is not likely to occur. If you suspect an overdose or ingestion of docosanol topical, call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
What should I avoid while using docosanol topical (Abreva)?
Cold sores are contagious before, during and after an outbreak or when blisters are present. Cold sore sufferers should avoid close physical or intimate contact, such as kissing, when having an outbreak.
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 infection.
What other drugs will affect docosanol topical (Abreva)?
It is not known whether docosanol topical will interact with other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines you are using, especially other topical preparations, and talk to your doctor and pharmacist before using any prescription or over-the-counter medicines during treatment with docosanol topical.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about docosanol written for health professionals that you may read.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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