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Xerese




Xerese Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Xerese

Generic Name: acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical (Pronunciation: a SYE kloe vir and HYE droe KOR ti sone TOP ik al)

What is acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical (Xerese)?

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection.

Hydrocortisone is a topical (for the skin) steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.

The combination of acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical (for the skin) is used to treat cold sores in people who are at least 12 years old.

This medication will not cure or prevent cold sores caused by herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical (Xerese)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation of treated skin.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning or tingling after applying the medicine;
  • skin dryness or flaking;
  • bitter taste in your mouth after applying the medicine; or
  • skin redness or discoloration;

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone cream) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical (Xerese)?

Acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical will not cure or prevent herpes, but it can lessen the symptoms of the infection.

Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people, even while you are being treated with acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical. Acyclovir and hydrocortisone will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Acyclovir and hydrocortisone topical is for use for cold sores on the lips and around the mouth. This medication will not treat herpes lesions that affect the genitals or the eyes.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation of treated skin.

Side Effects Centers

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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