Abreva vs Zovirax

Abreva
(OTC)
Zovirax
(Rx)
Abreva is a skin medication.
Zovirax is an antiviral drug and a skin medication.
Satisfaction Score
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3.8
Very Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.7
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Cold Sores
4.6
Concern level
1.3
Helpfulness
for Cold Sores
3.2
Concern level
1.4
Approval Date
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July 25, 2000
January 25, 1985
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
7,091 Discussions
9,636 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Cold Sores
#2 for Herpes
Abreva is approved for Cold Sores and Herpes and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Cold Sores
#2 for Herpes
#3 for Shingles
#5 for Chicken Pox
Zovirax is prescribed for Cold Sores, Herpes and Shingles and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Abr
Acne
5
Bleeding
1
Depression
1
Skin Problems
1
Anxiety
1
Stinging
1
Cancer
1
Dry Skin
1
Sore Throat
1
Dry Lips
1
Zov
Common Cold
6
Allergy
2
Bleeding
1
Skin Problems
1
Weakness
1
Paranoia
1
Impetigo
1
Cancer
1
Eczema
1
Sore Throat
1
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Abreva
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Acne
Abr
Zov
5
0
Bleeding
Abr
Zov
1
1
Depression
Abr
Zov
1
0
Skin Problems
Abr
Zov
1
1
Anxiety
Abr
Zov
1
0
Stinging
Abr
Zov
1
0
Cancer
Abr
Zov
1
1
Dry Skin
Abr
Zov
1
0
Sore Throat
Abr
Zov
1
1
Dry Lips
Abr
Zov
1
0
Common Cold
Zov
Abr
6
0
Allergy
Zov
Abr
2
0
Bleeding
Zov
Abr
1
1
Skin Problems
Zov
Abr
1
1
Weakness
Zov
Abr
1
0
Paranoia
Zov
Abr
1
0
Impetigo
Zov
Abr
1
0
Cancer
Zov
Abr
1
1
Eczema
Zov
Abr
1
0
Sore Throat
Zov
Abr
1
1
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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Not Available
B Category B
Before taking Zovirax during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Abreva and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Zovirax and alcohol.
Method of use
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Ointment
Ointment, Pill
Dosages
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Cream: 10%
Tablet: 400 mg, 800 mg
Capsule: 200 mg
Cream: 5%
Ointment: 5%
Suspension: 200 mg/5 mL
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Docosanol
Acyclovir
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Abreva and Zovirax: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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