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Abreva

Last reviewed on RxList: 10/2/2020
Abreva Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Abreva (docosanol cream) is a cold sore/fever blister treatment used to treat cold sores/fever blisters on the face or lips. It shortens healing time and duration of symptoms such as tingling, pain, burning, and/or itching. Abreva is available as a generic and over-the-counter (OTC). Side effects of Abreva are uncommon and may include:

  • skin itching,
  • rash, and
  • redness where the medicine is applied

Apply enough Abreva cream to completely cover the cold sore and follow the directions on the package. Rub in gently but completely. Use 5 times a day until cold sores/fever blisters have healed. Abreva may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Abreva. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Abreva (docosanol cream) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

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Abreva Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; feeling light-headed; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

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 entire detailed patient monograph for Abreva (Docosanol Cream)

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Abreva Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

No information provided.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Abreva (Docosanol Cream)

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© Abreva Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Abreva Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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