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Abreva vs. Zovirax for Cold Sores

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Abreva

OTC
/ 5,372 posts
Other Names: Docosanol

Zovirax

Rx
/ 6,979 posts
Other Names: Acyclovir
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 5,372 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 3 out of 5
Based on 6,979 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

217 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
moment Abreva works the best for me---I just get stressed...
...more. I used to use Zovirax and didn't think it did much. At the moment Abreva works the best for me---I just get stressed out...
are triggered by sunburned lips too. Abreva seems to work...
Mine are triggered by sunburned lips too. Abreva seems to work better than Zovirax for me. If/when I remember,...
Abreva, which is sold over the counter. It does not work as...
...Zovirax ointment on my fever blisters on my lips. It works best when ...Zovirax is prescribed by your doc. My brother also gets them and he uses Abreva, which is sold over the counter. It does n...
called Zovirax. It works like Abreva except it has some...
...she was just over a year old. They're no fun. Especially the first few times she got them. We get a prescription cream called Zovirax. It works like Abreva except it has some anti-viral agent in it...
Zovirax, I still think OTC Abreva works the best...
I've been taking L-Lysine as a preventative measure ...touch the coldsore! Having used prescription Zovirax, I still think OTC Abreva works the best when used...
For now, Abreva is the only OTC cream I found helped...
...a prescription cream. I have a cream called zovirax which works wonders for me. It's pricey even with insurance but lasts forever. For now, Abreva is the only OTC cream I found helped me at all....
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...
fever blisters. The ABREVA is good but I just have had a...
I had some fever blisters come out on ...or anything so I began my Zovirax pills. Anyone else get fever blisters. The ABREVA is good but I just have had a...
they spread! I can't take the Abreva cream for some reason....
...suspension. But I use the Zovirax Cream and Carmex around my lips/nose. The Zovirax is for helping it not last ...spread! I can't take the Abreva cream for some reason. ...and made the cold/f...
the beginning, Abreva is great (topical Zovirax was great...
...triggers. If I catch it riiiiiiiight at the beginning, Abreva is great (topical Zovirax was great too). But, usually, I don't catch them ...dry it up and use Abreva. Once it is under con...
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