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Zovirax vs Abreva

Are Zovirax and Abreva the Same Thing?

Zovirax (acyclovir) and Abreva (docosanol cream) are antiviral medications used to treat different conditions caused by the herpes virus.

Zovirax is used to treat shingles, chickenpox, and genital herpes.

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:

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?

Zovirax (acyclovir) is a synthetic nucleoside analogue that interferes with the replication of herpes viruses used to treat
  • shingles,
  • chickenpox,
  • 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).

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What Drugs Interact With Zovirax?

Zovirax may interact with probenecid. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Abreva?

Abreva may interact with other drugs.

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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References

GSK. Zovirax Drug Information.
https://www.gsk.com/en-gb/products/our-consumer-healthcare-products/skin-health/zovirax/
GSK. Abreva Drug Information.
https://www.abreva.com/
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