If you're dealing with cold sores, abreva is the closest to anything that will help them heal faster. There isn't an antiviral cream over the counter.
I was going to say the same thing as Kaismama. Abreva will help a cold sore heal faster but it is not the same thing as Zovirax or acyclovir. Abreva is not an antiviral like acyclovir. For that, you need a prescription. I wish they would make acyclovir topical OTC. If you have genital lesions or mulitple lesions, you are going to be best served by calling your Dr to see if he will call in some acyclovir cream or best yet, both cream and pills.
My gr granddaughter's insurance will not cover Acyclovir. Ever since she and her brother have received the chicken pox vaccine, they have gotten terrible lesions on their face. Her's is on her cheek bone and up on temple into hair. Touches edge of eye. Dr prescibes Acyclovir cream and insurance will not cover this script. Cost at Walgreens is $674 for a tube. We found it at a private pharmacy for $570 and the ointment (Dr said just as good) for $470.
Yes, most if not all Acyclovir topical creams are OTC in Europe. Walk into any drugstore or supermarket and buy it. Cost is $5-10 per 3gram tube
- Acyclovir Information for Consumers
- Acyclovir Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Acyclovir (detailed)
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