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VIRASORB COLD SORE CREAM

Active substance(s): ACICLOVIR / ACICLOVIR / ACICLOVIR

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Virasorb Cold Sore Cream

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(Aciclovir)

Important information about Virasorb
• This medicine is used to treat cold sores on
the lips and around the mouth.
• It can be used by adults, the elderly and
children.
Do not use…
• Inside your mouth, on your eyes or genitals.
See section 2.
Talk to your doctor….
• If your sores do not heal within 10 days, or
get worse at any time. See section 3.
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you
use this medicine. It includes other
information which might be especially
important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more
information or advice.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What the medicine is for

Virasorb contains aciclovir which is an antiviral
agent. It is used to treat cold sores on the lips
and face.

2. Before you use this
medicine

Do not use the medicine if you or
your child have….

• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in
section 6.
• An allergy to valaciclovir.
• Do not use on sores inside your mouth, on
the eyes or on your genitals.
Sores of this type may require other specific
treatment. Talk to your doctor for advice if you
are unsure.
 Talk to your doctor if you or your

child have….

• Severe cold sores.
• A weakened immune system (e.g. due to
chemotherapy, radiotherapy treatments or
illness).
• Any doubt that your sore is a cold sore.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
using this medicine if you are pregnant, might
be pregnant or are breastfeeding.


Important information about some
of the ingredients

• This product contains cetyl alcohol and
propylene glycol which may cause local skin
reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) or irritation.

3. How to use this medicine
Apply it to the skin, on the lips and face only.
Adults, the elderly and children
• Start applying the cream as soon as you
notice any symptoms such as tingling or
smarting.
• Wash your hands before and after use to
avoid making the cold sore worse or giving
the infection to someone else.

Application

• Apply it preferably using a cotton bud. If one
is not available use a clean finger.
• Apply a thin layer to all the blisters and the
surrounding area.

Length of treatment

• Apply five times a day, every four hours.
• Use for five days. If your cold sore has not
completely healed after this time carry on
using for a further five days.
• If your cold sore has not healed after 10 days
of treatment, stop using the cream and ask
your doctor for advice.
If your cold sore gets worse at any time, talk to
your doctor.

If you swallow some or get cream
in your eyes

If you accidentally swallow some, see a doctor
straight away. Take the pack with you to show
which medicine you have swallowed.
If you get any cream in your eyes, wash it out
with lots of cool water. If your eyes feel sore
afterwards, tell your doctor.
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4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Virasorb can have side
effects, although these don’t affect everyone.

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Important side effects

By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this
medicine.

5. Storing this medicine

• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
If you think that you have any of the following
of children.
side effects or symptoms, stop using this
• Do not store above 30°C.
medicine immediately and see a doctor as soon
• Do not refrigerate.
as possible.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
people)
of that month.
• Rash, itching or hives on your skin.

Medicine should not be disposed of via
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or other
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
parts of your body.
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
• Shortness of breath, wheezing or having
medicine. These measures will help to protect
trouble breathing.
the environment.
Other possible side effects
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
6. Further information
• MHRA
A burning
or Box
stinging feeling after applying
What is in this medicine
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the cream that goes away.
The active ingredient is:
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aciclovir
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• Itching.
The other ingredients are:
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monostearate,
dimeticone, cetyl
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alcohol,Keyline
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propylene glycol, purified water.
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2g
If you notice excessive skin irritation or any
What the medicine looks like
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other
side effect not
included above, stop use
Virasorb cream is a smooth white cream.
and tell your doctor
or
pharmacist.
They
will
tell
It is supplied in 2g tubes.
210mm x 138mm flat (27mm x 138mm folded)
Dimensions
you what to do.
Marketing authorisation holder and
Proof No. of side1 effects
Date
25.01.2017
manufacturer
Reporting
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
HD7 5QH, UK.
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
This leaflet was last revised in February 2017
also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Virasorb is a trade mark of Thornton and Ross
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Ltd.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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