I woke up with an out break yesterday on my lip and what I usually do is soak a Q-tip with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to dry out the cold sore, and I also use non prescription creams for cold sores like L-lysine cream or Campho-phenique but I came across Zovirax or Acyclovir ointment on a YouTube video and did more research and called to get a prescription and they prescribed me oral tablets of Acyclovir 400mg and directions say take 1 tablet orally 3 times a day for 10 days. So when I picked up my prescription they didn't explain anything to me so do I stop taking it if my cold sore stops after day 5 or continue till day 10 even though I don't have a cold sore anymore? or am I suppose to take 3 pills every single day of my life? I'm just confused. This has only been my 3rd cold sore I've ever experienced in my life, last year is when I started getting them for the first time so I am fairly new to any of this.
Hi, like you, i use OTC treatments first and foremost, such as Tea Tree oil. However if this doesn't work i opt for Zolpiclone/Acyclovir. I've never been prescribed tablets though, always cream. Regardless, you should take the full course (10 days), as even when the cold sore is no longer visible, the herpes infection will still be present
Help; yes just as Delila said when you feel the start of an outbreak you start to take it then and finish it after 10 days don't stop until the end of the 10th day. I know I get kind of a tingling feeling and sore just before I get a break out and start it then which lots of times it stops them from even coming out and take it the whole 10 days. Then stop. And make sure you keep some on hand so if you have to start it on a weekend you have the full course at home. Best of luck. Chuck1957
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