BOOTS AVERT COLD SORE CREAM
Active substance(s): ACICLOVIR
P How to use this medicine
Wash your hands before and after
using the cream.
Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important
information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor
conditions. However, you still need to use it carefully to get
the best results from it.
s Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
s Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice
What this medicine is for
Other important information
This medicine contains Aciclovir
which belongs to a group of
medicines called antivirals, which
act to treat infections caused by
It can be used to treat cold sores
of the lips and face.
Cold sores are infectious and
you should try not to pass the
infection on to other people.
Taking the following precautions
may help to reduce the risk of
passing the infection:
s Do not touch the cold sore with
your hands or towel, if possible
s Wash your hands immediately
if you do touch the cold sore
s Do not share your towels with
s Do not share eating or drinking
utensils with other people
s Try not to kiss other people,
especially children, until your
cold sore has healed
Before you use this medicine
This medicine can be used by
adults and children. However,
some people should not use this
medicine or should seek the advice
of their pharmacist or doctor first.
X Do not use:
s If you are allergic to aciclovir,
propylene glycol, any of the
other ingredients of this
medicine or if you are allergic
Information about some of the
ingredients in this medicine:
s To treat herpes infections
(which may appear as ulcers
or blisters) on your eye or in
the genital area
Propylene glycol may cause
skin irritation and cetyl alcohol
could cause skin reactions (e.g.
! Talk to your pharmacist or
If you take other medicines
s If you suffer from problems
with your immune system which
may make you more prone
to infections (this problem may
be caused by an illness, some
medicines or radiotherapy)
s If your cold sore is severe
s If you are in any doubt whether
the sore is a cold sore
s If you are pregnant, planning
to become pregnant or
This medicine is not expected to
affect any other medicines that
you may be using.
If you are unsure about
interactions with any medicines,
talk to your pharmacist.
This includes medicines
prescribed by your doctor and
medicine you have bought for
yourself, including herbal and
How much to use
A thin layer on the
affected area making
sure the whole cold
sore is covered
How often to use it
Every 4 hours, 5 times
a day, for 5 days
If after 5 days the cold sore has not
healed you can continue to apply
the cream for a further 5 days if
For use on the skin only.
Apply only to the lips and face. Do
not apply the cream to the inside
of the mouth, the eyes or inside the
vagina as it might cause irritation.
Do not use more than the amount
If your cold sore has not healed
after 10 days stop using the cream
and talk to your doctor.
If your symptoms worsen at any
time stop using the cream and talk
to your doctor.
! If anyone accidentally swallows
some of the medicine:
to a pharmacist or doctor.
Uncommon (less than 1 in 100,
but more than 1 in 1,000 people
s Burning, stinging, mild drying or
flaking of the skin
Rare (less than 1 in 1,000, but more
than 1 in 10,000 people treated)
s Sudden outbreak of red spots,
bumps, and lesions on the skin
Very rare (less than 1 in 10,000
s Raised, red, itchy skin (symptoms
of urticaria, which is often
known as hives or nettle rash)
Other potential side effects
s Redness, tense skin
s Painful sensation of the skin
where the cream has been
If any side effect becomes
severe, or you notice any side
effect not listed here, please tell
your pharmacist or doctor.
How to store this medicine
Do not store above 30°C.
Keep this medicine in a safe place
out of the sight and reach of children,
preferably in a locked cupboard.
Use by the date on the end flap
of the carton. Throw away any
medicine left 4 weeks after you first
open the cream.
What is in this medicine
Each gram of cream contains
Aciclovir 50 mg, which is the active
Like all medicines, Aciclovir can
cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
As well as the active ingredient,
the cream also contains propylene
glycol, liquid paraffin, white soft
paraffin, cetyl alcohol, dimeticone,
arlatone 983S, purified water.
Stop using the cream and tell
The pack contains 2 g of cream.
your doctor immediately or go
to the casualty department at your
nearest hospital if the following
s an allergic reaction causing
swelling of the lips, face or neck
leading to severe difficulty in
breathing, or severe skin rash or
hives. This is a very serious but
rare side effect. You may need
urgent medical attention or
Who makes this medicine
Possible side effects
Manufactured by Merckle GmbH,
Ludwig-Merckle-Str. 3, D-89143
Marketing Authorisation held by
ratiopharm GmBH Graf-Arco-Str 3
d-89079 Ulm Germany.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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