Brand Names : Abreva
Docosanol (doe-KOE-san-ole) belongs
to the family of medicines called antivirals. Antivirals are used to treat
infections caused by viruses. Usually they work for only one kind or group
of virus infections.
Topical docosanol is used to treat the symptoms of herpes simplex virus
infections around the mouth. Although topical docosanol will not cure herpes
simplex, it may help relieve the pain and discomfort and may help the sores
(if any) heal faster.
Docosanol is available over the counter in the following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
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