Aciclovir Cold Sore Cream 5% contains Aciclovir which belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals, which act to treat infections caused by viruses.
Aciclovir Cold Sore Cream is for the topical treatment of cold sores of lips and face.
Aciclovir is a popular choice of treatment for cold sores. The active ingredient Aciclovir is an antiviral agent and can be applied at the first signs of a cold sore, for example, itching and tingling. Aciclovir can also speed up the healing process of a cold sore that has appeared already.
Cold sores (the medical term is known as Herpes Simplex type 1) tend to occur by a number of trigger factors such as exposure to sunlight, stress, colds, and menstruation.
Aciclovir Cream is a widely used and effective cold sore medicine however every patient can respond differently to medication. If you find Aciclovir Cream is not effective for you, you may want to try an alternative.
Treatment should be continued for 5 days, followed by a further 5 days treatment if healing has not occurred.
Other treatments for cold sores are available at Dock Pharmacy. These include:
How to use this medicine
Wash your hands before and after using the cream.
You should not mix the cream with anything before you use it, not even water.
For adults and children:
If after 5 days the cold sore has not healed you can continue to apply the cream for a further 5 days if necessary.
For use on the skin only.
Apply only to the lips and face. Do not apply the cream to the inside of the mouth, the eyes or inside the vagina as it may cause irritation.
Do not use more than the amount recommended above.
If your cold sore has not healed after 10 days stop using the cream and talk to your doctor.
If your symptoms worsen at any time stop using the cream and talk to your doctor.
Do not use a double application to make up for a forgotten dose.
If anyone accidentally swallows some of the medicine: Talk to a pharmacist or doctor.
Before you use this medicine
This medicine can be used by adults and children. However, some people should not use this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
Do not use:
Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
Other important information
Cold sores are infectious and you should try not to pass the infection on to other people.
Taking the following precautions may help to reduce the risk of passing on the infection:
Information about some of the ingredients: Propylene glycol in this medicine may cause skin irritation.
Cetyl alcohol may cause skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
If you take other medicines
This medicine is not expected to affect any other medicines that you may be using.
If you are unsure about interactions with any medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Most people will not have problems, but some may get some. If you have any unwanted side effects you should seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
If you get any of these serious side effects, stop using the cream. See a doctor at once:
If you get any of the following side effects, see your pharmacist or doctor:
Uncommon side effects:
(May affect up to 1 in every 100 people are affected)
Rare side effects:
(May affect up to 1 in every 1000 people are affected)
(May affect up to 1 in every 10,000 people are affected)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Each gram of cream contains Aciclovir 50 mg, which is the active ingredient.
As well as the active ingredient, the cream also contains PEG-5-glycerol-stearate, dimeticone, cetyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propylene glycol and purified water.
The pack contains 2 g of cream.
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• Easy to use
• As effective as physiotherapy
• Small and lightweight
• Suitable for both adults and children
• Easy to clean
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