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Docosanol Rating Summary

6.3/10 Average Rating

197 Ratings with 202 User Reviews

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Reviews for Docosanol to treat Herpes Simplex

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Abreva (docosanol): "Abreva use to work, not anymore. It appears they have changed the formula. It has been a few years since I've had a cold sore or fever blister. Years ago when I used Abreva, I could feel a tingling sensation when I applied it. Within 24 hours you could tell a difference ~ the fever blister was not spreading but getting smaller. The Abreva purchased in 2017 you feel nothing when you put it on.... Does not work like it use to. Please bring back the old formula."

Linda in Georgia July 10, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Abreva used to work for me very well, but it no longer does. I used to put it on and it would shorten healing time significantly, and if I caught it early enough would go away before blistering. The last couple of times I caught one right away and put it on at the first tiny tingle. It still spread to a huge multi-blister sore and took 2 weeks to heal. Either my body has grown resistant to the active ingredient in Abreva that used to work, or they have changed their formula. Very disappointed."

   
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Aubrey2017 July 6, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "My immune system has been stressed by pregnancy and all of a sudden I started getting cold sores. The first one I immediately used carmex like my dad did when I was a kid and it blistered and popped within a few days and took almost the full 2 weeks to heal completely. This time I was far enough in the pregnancy that I was okay using medication and boy was it one hell of a blister by the time I applied the abreva. Dead center upper lip was just one solid mass of blisters. I used it the recommended five times a day. That was yesterday. Today the blister is gone, not popped but deflated and hardened in that spot. No pain. But the medicine makes my whole mouth feel funky, even inside, not just where I've applied the ointment."

WillowStarfire (taken for less than 1 month) June 20, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Started to feel the tingle and put some abreva on. Within 2 hours I had 3 small visible blisters. Continued to treat with abreva hoping that it would make it stop growing but it soon grew to nearly half of my lower lip with 8 separate sores. I'm very swollen and have never experienced this degree of cold sore discomfort before. Switching back to my expensive prescription meds, as abreva did not work for me."

   
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Temagami (taken for less than 1 month) May 24, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Felt a little numb on the top of my lip, so I ran to put some Abreva on it. I used it for about a day and a half as directed (5x daily) with quite a healthy amount each time. I realized after the day and a half that anywhere I put the Abreva, the cold sore had spread to and was now blistering. It did the exact opposite of what it said it was supposed to do. Will never use again."

   
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Cass94 May 23, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Abreva worked for me up until now. It seems to make it worse. I have tried other things lately because the Abreva isn't cutting the healing time at all. Note, I have been soaking a cotton ball in whole milk and applying it for 5-10 minutes every 2 hours. It takes away the inflammation of the cold sore, feels much more better, blends in with my skin... The milk has antiviral and bacterial properties that help. Try it!"

   
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anonymouz (taken for 10 years or more) May 19, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "When I apply Abreva at the very first tingle, it drastically reduces the amount that the cold sore grows to, and reduces my healing time in half. (Without Abreva, my cold sores usually last about 2 weeks from initial tingle to completely healed, and with Abreva only one week.) I get twice yearly outbreaks. Abreva would be more worth it if it were not so over priced."

   
8.0

Happy with Abreva, not price May 14, 2017

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"I get cold sores once or twice a year . The sun usually is the cause. Usually I take acyclovir orally which works great if taken within the first day of the tingle warning sign. This time I was traveling and I had no refills from the pharmacy. After 3 days the herpes popped out on my lower lip. I felt a lot of pain, and I had trouble eating and drinking. I bought Abreva at 10:30 last night. The pain has been reduced dramatically. The lip still looks horrible , but it feels a lot better. I spent $ 17 on Abreva, but it was worth it. I will refill my prescription for acyclovir so that I can take it right away next time I get the tingle after being in the sun . The acyclovir taken orally actually can prevent the herpes from erupting. But if you wait"

   
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Walter s (taken for less than 1 month) May 12, 2017

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"I use this medication daily and by doing this I have found it drastically reduces healing time, but MORE IMPORTANT is the fact that is significantly reduces future outbreaks!"

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 12, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Made it worse probably better off just seeing it through and eating healthy to prevent them"

   
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Cumfunkle May 10, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Tried it many time, even use it as a preventing fact, still got them and it didn't make them heal any faster, the bottle is package to look bigger than it actually is. I think its a total expensive scam!"

   
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Jayhem May 6, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Abreva helps with the pain and itching that cold sores can cause. But that's it. The herpes virus is internal. It sheds during times of stress or sickness. No topical medication is going to stop the herpes virus from running its course internally. Only oral medications taken by mouth can shorten the cycle of the herpes virus when it sheds. Personally, I take Acyclovir, prescribed by my dermatologist, upon feeling the first tingle of a herpes cold sore. I have found that It cuts the cycle in half. Other people prefer Valtrex. If you want real results during a herpes outbreak, you need an oral medication. Keep it handy in your prescription cabinet. Not a topical cream. Herpes is an internal virus. Talk to your doctor."

   
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Propagandhi (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 6, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I get a cold sore every May and December... Last December I used Abreva " At the first tingle " and it just never developed and was totally healed in 2 days. Now it's May and I cut this one off at the pass even sooner but the results are totally opposite. It does seen smaller and less painful then if I didn't use anything but it's still a full blown cold sore. The jury is still out on this subject. I really can't tell with just 2 uses. But the good news is I have the rest of my life to do more research. I'll update my review next December."

   
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AnthraxB May 4, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I had my doubts about this product based of the negative reviews about it comparing its effectiveness to its cost. I started getting a cold sore yesterday morning and a bump started forming by the time I got off work. I went to buy Abreva and I had used it a total of four times sincerely last night and right now (less than 24 hours). I'll admit that the bump did get bigger overnight reaching its full size (which normally takes me about thee days) and just about half an hour ago, the cold sore finally popped after this fourth application. Cold sores for me usually pop by day five. True to its advertising, it has extremely reduced my healing time. I think people are expecting too much now that I have had my own experience with Abreva."

   
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Minnnesotanbynature (taken for less than 1 month) April 26, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Save your money ! Abreva is not only expensive, IT DOES NOT work. I used it for the first 3 days from the first tingle. My cold sore did not get smaller it just kept growing. Searched the wed for other alternatives and came across Vicks rub. So glad I gave it a try. Instant pain relief with the Vicks and blister is getting better within a few hours !"

   
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Vanhef April 22, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Made my blisters worse and didn't relieve my pain . It's too expensive to not work. Will never buy again"

   
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Peanut6708 April 20, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I get cold sores when I go in excessive sun at least once a year. I could see that the sore was coming this time around, so I grabbed some abreva. Not only did it seem to be of little affect, but it made my blister grow more than I have seen it without treating it with anything. The Abreva takes the pain away, but as for the blistering, it only makes it larger."

   
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Monty2435 April 19, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I mean, it looks like badly chapped lips but my cold sores are stress induced so they don't look or feel like most of the conditions described on this page. Either way, my symptoms were flaring up, my lips were cracking, a little bit of bleeding, some scarring. I had to do so much exfoliating, it wasn't pretty and it wasn't healing. Legit, 15 minutes after applying abreva - my lips actually look fine. Like nothing was wrong in the first place. I can't believe it. It's actual magic. Wild."

   
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Abreva = magic (taken for less than 1 month) April 18, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I'm shocked to read people say this stuff makes your cold sore disappear because I have tried it numerous times and every time my cold sore grows to be huge. Yesterday I drove to the pharmacy when I felt the tingling. I had a tiny blister and I proceeded to apply the abreva. I kept reapplying every 3 to 4 hours and it only seemed to get worse. Woke up in the morning and it was as if I hadn't used anything! The only thing I will say is that my cold sores last about 3-4 days with abreva (at least I think it's because of abreva). I do however need something better for my $21."

   
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Lele83 April 17, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "This stuff doesn't work!!!"

   
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DanielleM88 April 17, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I used to pop cold sores then put rubbing alcohol on it but it would scar bad. So I went to the emergency room they gave me an awesome cream! But I lost the cream and I couldn't get a doctors appointment quick enough so I bought abreva for the first time. At first I thought it was working because it looked like it was drying up the blister fast then put some on before bed but then the next day it started to break out near the blister so I put more on then It started to break out a little more so I put more on extra for a week it has gotten 3 times bigger looked on here saw the negative comments quickly washed it off and bam within 5 minutes it was worse! 5 minutes after removal it was drying up and feeling better! Never using abreva again!"

   
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Agoodnickname (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "Right before bed I felt the tingle and saw the tiny hint of a cold sore. Not new to this, and knowing I couldn't get prescription meds until the next day, I sent my husband to the store to get Abeva. I applied it that night and in the morning and again mid morning. I went to the doctor in the afternoon to get a prescription medication. Before I got home from the pharmacy I had a HUGE cold sore. I took the meds and continued the Abreva. The cold sore continued to grow in size and is hideous. I stopped the Abreva and am using Petroleum on the lip with the medication. It's slowly getting better now. I'll never use Abreva ever again."

   
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333rmd (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "The tube is a pump Fake. Used it for one day , and next day its gone. It seems like its more than how much is actually in there. Use sparingly. I'd just recommend the push tube , because then you can monitor how much you're actually using. This stuff works well I swear by it. Go get it. The doctors tried to give me a 200 dollar medication -- hahaha not this time. I'd rather pay 40 dollars for two of these."

   
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c square (taken for less than 1 month) March 24, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "One morning I woke up with a tiny unnoticeable cold sore so I decided to get abreva and so I cleaned the area of the sore an put it on with clean hands an went to bed. I woke up this morning with a huge cold sore that is now spreading bad . Never use it again"

   
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NessaW March 18, 2017

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Abreva (docosanol): "I'm surprised to see any negative reviews, I guess everyone's body reacts differently and Abreva is no different. It works for me. I've been using it for the past 6 years or more at the first sign I get, usually a tingle or tenderness on the lip. Even if a sore has already formed it seems to quickly stop it in its tracks. Definitely pricey, but the little bottle lasts me years. Love Abreva for doing what it's advertised to do!"

   
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Cza (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 18, 2017

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