Why it is prescribed :
This combination medication contains antiviral and topical corticosteroid, prescribed for early treatment of recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores), to reduce the likelihood of ulcerative cold sores and to shorten the lesion healing time in adults and adolescents (12 years of age and older).
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
Topical- Apply 5 times per day for 5 days.
How it should be taken :
It comes as cream to apply topically, as directed by your physician.
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of poor immunity, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Should not be used in children below 12 years of age.
Side Effects :
Drying or flaking of the skin, Dry/cracked lips, burning/stinging, redness, pigmentation changes, application site inflammation and unusually warm skin.
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
Do not rub the cream into the cold sore. Rubbing may spread the virus to other areas around your mouth or make your cold sore worse.
Storage Conditions :
Store at controlled room temperature 20°-25°C. Do not freeze.
Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.