Abreva Side Effects

Generic Name: docosanol topical

Note: This document contains side effect information about docosanol topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Abreva.

Some side effects of Abreva may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to docosanol topical: topical cream

Along with its needed effects, docosanol topical (the active ingredient contained in Abreva) 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

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included burning or stinging following application.

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