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Docosanol is the only non-prescription drug available that is used in the treatment of cold sores. While the medicine cannot prevent future outbreaks, it can shorten the healing time and duration of symptoms. The product is applied directly to the cold sore and works best if taken at the first sign of an outbreak. Possible side effects include headaches or a stuffy, runny nose.
What Is Docosanol?Docosanol (Abreva®) is a non-prescription cold sore medication. It is the only non-prescription cold sore treatment approved to shorten the healing time and the duration of cold sore symptoms.
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- Stuffy or runny nose.