Cold Sore Cream is a smooth off-white cream for application to the lips and face. It contains aciclovir which
belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals.
This cream is used for the treatment of cold sores (Herpes simplex virus infections); it slows the growth of the virus, and speeds the healing of cold sore blisters.
Uses / Instructions
Apply a thin layer of the cream to the infected area and the skin immediately next to it, 5 times a day at intervals of about 4 hours. Take care not to rub the infected skin any more than you need to
Take special care with Cold Sore Cream:
• do not use on mucous membranes as the cream can cause irritation. The areas to avoid include the inside of the mouth and nose, the eyes and inside the vagina.
• do not use this product to treat mouth ulcers, or for herpes infections which are in or near your eyes, or in the genital area.
• do not use this cream if your cold sore is severe; you must see a doctor for advice on how to treat it.
• only use Cold Sore Cream to treat blisters on your lips and face.
If your immune system is weakened for any reason e.g. HIV infection, a bone marrow transplant or cancer treatment, do not treat yourself with Cold Sore Cream; you must seek advice from your doctor.
While you have a cold sore, avoid spreading the infection to others by washing your hands carefully before and after applying the cream, and avoid touching the infected skin with anything else, especially with your hands or with towels.
See patient infomation leaflet for more details.
Like all medicines, Cold Sore Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice the following: rash, itchy skin, weal, swelling of the lips, face and/or eyelids, they may be signs of an allergic reaction. Stop using Cold Sore Cream and seek medical advice immediately
Other side effects include:
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
• a burning or stinging feeling after applying the cream that goes away
• mild drying or flaking of your skin
See patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
The active substance is aciclovir and the cream contains 50 mg in every 1 g (5%).
The other ingredients are stearoyl macrogolglycerides, dimeticone, cetyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propylene glycol and purified water.
See the patient information leaflet of the pack you receive for other ingredients as different generic brands may use different other ingredients.