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Docosanol

Generic Name: docosanol topical (doe KOE sa nol)
Brand Name: Abreva, Abreva Pump
Physician reviewed docosanol topical patient information - includes docosanol topical description, dosage and directions.
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Drug Information:
Docosanol topical (for the skin) is used to treat cold sores on the face and lips. Docosanol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. You should not use docosanol topical if you are allergic to it. Ask a doctor before using docosanol topical if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use this medicine on a child younger than 12 years old without medical advice. Learn more

Docosanol Side Effects

Docosanol topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to docosanol topical: topical cream

Along with its needed effects, docosanol topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Some side effects of docosanol topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Headache

Less common

  • Surface problems including:
  • acne
  • burning
  • dryness
  • itching
  • rash
  • redness
  • soreness
  • swelling

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to docosanol topical: topical cream

General

This drug is generally well tolerated, however, application site reactions, including burning and stinging as well as headache have been reported.

Local

Frequency not reported: Application site reaction, burning, stinging

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Docosanol