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Docosanol Topical Dosage

Medically reviewed on December 4, 2017.

Applies to the following strengths: 10%

Usual Adult Dose for:

Usual Pediatric Dose for:

Additional dosage information:

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex

Apply to affected area on face or lips 5 times a day beginning at the first sign of cold sore or fever blister (i.e., tingling)

Use: For the treatment of cold sores or fever blisters on the face or lips

Usual Pediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex

12 years or older: Apply to affected area on face or lips 5 times a day beginning at the first sign of cold sore or fever blister (i.e., tingling)

Use: For the treatment of cold sores or fever blisters on the face or lips

Renal Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Liver Dose Adjustments

Data not available

Precautions

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

Data not available

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Rub in gently and completely
-Wash hands before and after use

Storage requirements:
-Avoid freezing.

Patient advice:
-Use a separate applicator (e.g., cotton swab) to apply cosmetics over an unhealed cold sore to avoid spreading infection.
-Remove cosmetics prior to application for best results.
-Begin using this drug at the first sign of a cold sore (e.g., tingling, redness, bump, or itching).

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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