Over the counter treatment


Dosing Regimen



Common adverse effects

Patient education

Abreva19 (docosanol) Prevents viral entry and replication

Apply five times a day to the affected area.  Discontinue and see a healthcare provider if there is no improvement in ten days.



Hypersensitivity reactions may occur


● Wash your hands before and after use

● Do not apply directly inside the mouth.


Evidence: In two identical double-blind, randomized trials of patients with documented HSV infection, the median time to healing was 4.1 days in the docosanol group. This was 18 hours faster than the placebo. Docosanol patients also had reduced time to resolution of pain and  lesions.27

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