Cold sore treatments abound, but so does confusion and misconceptions about how they work. Lip balms, petrolatum, creams, ointments, herbal remedies, vitamins -- even great grandma's "miracle" home remedy may all be suggested to your patient as treatment options. As a Pharmacist, you can play an important role in helping your patients differentiate fact from fiction, and recommend products that are proven to provide fast healing and reduced symptom duration.
Only prescription antivirals and OTC cell entry virus blockers have FDA approval to claim that they can actually impact the disease and shorten the healing time.1,3Abreva is the only OTC cell entry virus blocker, and based on submitted clinical data, the FDA has approved the following claims: "shortens symptom duration" and "shortens healing time". No other OTC product has submitted data credible enough to secure a similar claim.1,2
1. Goodman & Gillman 10th Edition 2001 p. 1316
2. Pelegrin GM. Treating the cold sore, not just the symptoms. Pharmacy Times: Pharmacist Edition: September, 2007
3. Sacks SL et al. Clinical efficacy of topical docosanol 10% cream for herpes simplex labialis: a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Am Acad Dermatol 2001: 45:222-230
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