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VIRASORB COLD SORE CREAM

Active substance(s): ACICLOVIR

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 alk 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.

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

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

• 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.


Important information about some
of the ingredients

If you swallow some or get cream
in your eyes

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

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

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• 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.

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.

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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• Keep it out of the sight and reach of children.
If you think that you have any of the following
• Do not store above 30°C.
side effects or symptoms, stop using this
• Do not refrigerate.
medicine immediately and see a doctor as soon
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
as possible.
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
Allergic reactions (affects less than 1 in 10,000
of that month.
people)
• Medicine should not be disposed of via
• Rash, itching or hives on your skin.
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or other
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
parts of your body.
medicine. These measures will help to protect
• Shortness of breath, wheezing or having
the environment.
trouble breathing.
Other possible side effects
6. Further information
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)
What is in this medicine
• A burning or stinging feeling after applying
The active ingredient is:
the cream that goes away.
aciclovir 5%w/w.
• Mild drying or flaking of your skin.
The other ingredients are:
• Itching.
glyceryl monostearate, dimeticone, cetyl
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)
alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin,
• 
Redness
of your
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propylene glycol, purified water.
• Skin rash.
What
the medicine
looks like
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Virasorb
Cold
Sore
Cream
Product
If you notice excessive skin irritation or any
Virasorb
cream
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a
smooth
white cream.
Title side effect not included above, stop use
other
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It is supplied
in 2g tubes.
and tell your doctor or pharmacist. They will tell
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you what to do. Leaflet
manufacturer
Reporting
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Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
HD7 5QH, UK.
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23098508
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side
effects not listed
in this leaflet.
can folded) This leaflet was last revised in October 2014
210 x 138mm
flat (27You
x 138mm
Dimensions
Virasorb is a trade mark of Thornton and Ross
also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Ltd.
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5. Storing this medicine

Virasorb Cold Sore Cream

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Important side effects

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Title

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

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

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4. Possible side effects

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

your child have….

Apply it to the skin, on the lips and face only.

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1. What the medicine is for

Do not use the medicine if you or

3. How to use this medicine

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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.

2. Before you use this
medicine

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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