- Are Zovirax and Abreva the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Zovirax?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Abreva?
- What is Zovirax?
- What is Abreva?
- What Drugs Interact with Zovirax?
- What Drugs Interact with Abreva?
- How Should Zovirax Be Taken?
- How Should Abreva Be Taken?
Are Zovirax and Abreva the Same Thing?
Abreva is 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.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Zovirax?
Common side effects of Zovirax include:
- loss of appetite,
- stomach pain,
- swelling in your hands and feet,
- and feeling unwell (malaise).
Serious side effects of Zovirax include renal function problem.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Abreva?
Common side effects of Abreva include:
- skin itching,
- rash, and
- redness where the medicine is applied
What is Zovirax?
- and genital herpes.
What is Abreva?
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).
How Should Zovirax Be Taken?
Zovirax tablets are available in 200, 400 and 800 mg strengths and as a liquid suspension with 200 mg strength per 5 ml. Usual doses are 800 mg every 4 hours, 5 times a day for 10 days for shingles; doses for genital herpes infection are the same interval but start with 200 mg. Doses for chickenpox is the same as shingles except it goes for only 5 days for adults; for children ages 2 and up are weight based (20 mg per Kg) up to 40 Kg, 5 times a day for 5 days. Over 40 Kg, the person gets the adult dose for 5 days.
How Should Abreva Be Taken?
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.
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