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Abreva vs. Denavir for Cold Sores

Abreva

OTC
/ 5,290 posts
Other Names: Docosanol

Denavir

Rx
/ 395 posts
Other Names: Penciclovir
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 5,290 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Based on 395 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Docosanol, also known as behenyl alcohol, is a saturation (chemistry) fatty alcohol used traditionally as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener in cosmetics, nutritional supplement (as an individual entity and also as a constituent of polyicosano... Read more on Wikipedia
Penciclovir (International Nonproprietary Name) is a guanine analogue antiviral drug used for the treatment of various herpesvirus infections. It is a Nucleoside analogues which exhibits low toxicity and good selectivity. Because penciclovir is absorbed... Read more on Wikipedia
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By DR
August 19, 2014
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Unfortunately I read the clinical trial results on Denavir after I bought it
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What patients are saying about Abreva vs. Denavir

89 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
at first i used abreva and it does work but not that well...
...often and at first i used abreva and it does work but not that well ...a rx from my doctor for Denavir, wo...
working as well lately.  I might swap out to that abreva...
...the lower right.  Boooooooo!  I'm using Denavir.  It's an rx, but that has not been working as well lately.  I might swap out to that abreva...
using Abreva on without results when I got another one! AH!...
...been using Abreva on without results when I got another one! AH! My doc prescribed me Denavir and immediately the new sore disappeared AND the first one shrank so quickly. It was amazing. I just...
everything hunny! The only thing that has actually worked...
...put me on: Denavir Both were just creams and they worked but ...just bought Abreva over the counter and it's my favorite! I've tried everything hunny! The only thing that has actually worked fo...
are fine. Abreva doesn't work for me. I got a bad infection...
...out. so vaseline just spreads the infection. I use a cream called denavir, (a prescription) it felt safer ...or both are fine. Abreva doesn't work for me. I got a bad infection right after I...
it. I went and bought the abreva and it works great for me....
...never used it. I went and bought the abreva and it works great for me. I ...I put on the abreva and take 1 or ...7-10 days. Hope the denavir works for you, I would highly recommend the lysine...
by prescription and Abreva is made with the same stuff....
...counter medicine i've found is Abreva! I used to get Denavir (spelling?) by prescription and Abreva is made with the same stuff...
is WONDERFUL..... i like abreva too though... also...
denavir is WONDERFUL..... i like abreva too though... also - pure aloe gel. if you ...RIGHT out... eta: with the denavir or abreva - put it on LIKE...
by rubbing in Abreva really well. THEN I ice for...
...skin. Then I rub some Denavir Rx (penciclovir) cream into the skin really well, followed by rubbing in Abreva really well. THEN I ice for as long as I ...stand it. Success - no sore...
get one!! I've been using OTC Abreva, however earlier this...
Quote: I've never heard of Denavir. I can be in the ...sore and get one!! I've been using OTC Abreva, however earlier this year I ...of an antiviral, but not Denavir. My dr said I'd have...
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