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Abreva vs. Zovirax for Cold Sores

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Abreva

OTC
/ 5,356 posts
Other Names: Docosanol

Zovirax

Rx
/ 7,330 posts
Other Names: Acyclovir
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Based on 5,356 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 7,330 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
Aciclovir (International Nonproprietary Name) or acyclovir (United States Adopted Name, former British Approved Name), chemical name acycloguanosine, abbreviated as ACV,is a guanosine nucleic acid analogues antiviral drug, marketed und... Read more on Wikipedia
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What patients are saying about Abreva vs. Zovirax

222 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
My doc said no to Abreva but yes to Zovirax and/or...
...no to Abreva but yes to...
works. So does Zovirax, and yes it is a cream. Well,...
Ya, Abreva works. So does Zovirax, and yes it is a cream. Well, they work better than anything else. Zovirax is prescription only I think. I've had them all my life too. My...
goes away fast. I like Abreva, but I've found that Zovirax...
...a non-stop chain of cold sores. I hope it goes away fast. I like Abreva, but I've found that Zovirax works best for me at shortening the length of their stay. And popping...
after one heals too). Abreva works GREAT but even better is...
...toothbrush after one heals too). Abreva works GREAT but even better ...prescription for a tube of Zovirax cream, it works miracles FAST o...
purchased this Zovirax for another cold sore, we will see...
...Anyways, I felt as though Abreva was a good alternative, it seems to ...about three days with abreva it went from blister ...I just purchased this Zovirax for another cold sore, we will see h...
the beginning, Abreva is great (topical Zovirax was great...
...it riiiiiiiight at the beginning, Abreva is great (topical Zovirax was great too). But, usually, I ...dry it up and use Abreva. Once it is under control,...
pool, Zovirax works much better than Abreva ... the Peanut...
...Oh, when you do get a cold sore, pool, Zovirax works much better than Abreva ... the Peanut Gallery may...
called Zovirax. It works like Abreva except it has some...
DD has been getting cold sores since she was just ...get a prescription cream called Zovirax. It works like Abreva except it has some anti-viral agent in it and Abreva doesn't. If you think this...
The zovirax worked really quickly the abreva not quite as...
...cold sores quite often and they have come up in clusters and one at a time. She used zovirax or abreva(if she was out of zovirax) to knock them out. The zovirax worked really quickly the abreva...
never worked very well for me.  I use Zovirax ointment,...
...for me.  I use Zovirax ointment, but I plan to ask my OB for a prescription on my next visit.  This cold...
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