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Docosanol

Popular Brands: : Abreva, Docosanol
Official FDA Reports13,403
Social Media Events31
Total Posts240
Avg. Review Score3.66/ 5
Active Ingredients
  • Docosanol
Approved Uses *
  • No other uses available

* Extracted from Drug Label

Brands and Other Names
Manufacturers
  • Glaxosmithkline

  This report is for all products sharing this active ingredient. For more details, please use our Workbench for research on individual brands like Abreva.

* Extracted from FDA Adverse Event Report

Explanation

The quarterly trend chart illustrates changing levels of adverse events over time. Results from both the FDA Adverse Event Database (FAERS) and adverse events extracted from social media by Druginformer are plotted side-by-side for easy comparison.


The proportion of people completing user reviews who complained about a side effect.

The proportion of social media adverse event complaints for each adverse event type.

The proportion of FAERS (FDA) adverse event complaints for each adverse event type.


Docosanol Side Effects

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FAERS
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Side Effect On Drug
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Alarm
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Alarm

* DrugInformer calculates alarm using a proprietary algorithm. Alarm should not be taken as an ofiicial signal from the FDA or other regulatory entity.


User Voices

The following are comments from users that experienced side effects while taking Docosanol

Pain

... of embarrassing, festering sore(s) right smack dab in the middle of my face. It doesn't look very professional and it doesn't feel very good. Both physically painful and emotionally traumatic, cold ...


Source: Abreva-Cold-Sore-Treatment-review-8338

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Drug Ineffective

Doesn't Work, Expensive Avoiding The Leper Version of Me Winter is coming... which means I and millions of other people in cold-weather climates live in fear of impending c...


Source: Abreva-Cold-Sore-Treatment-review-8338

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Blister

I have been effected by this virus all my life. I found Abreva and the blisters disappear within a few days of treatment. I have no side effects from this cream. The key is to catch it early and ...


Source: comments/docosanol-topical/abreva.html...

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Tell us about your Experience with Docosanol

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Share Your Experience

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: Blister

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on March 25, 2014 @ 12:00 am

I have been effected by this virus all my life. I found Abreva and the blisters disappear within a few days of treatment. I have no side effects from this cream. The key is to catch it early and ...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on January 31, 2014 @ 12:00 am

I was in Mexico and spent the whole day drinking at the pool (I think they did not wash glasses properly and I contracted it there). I went for dinner and just as I finished my meal I licked my lips a...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on January 8, 2014 @ 12:00 am

This medicine is amazing! It works wonders.

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on November 11, 2013 @ 12:00 am

As soon as I feel a tingling on my lip I apply Abreva - have a tube at work, in car and at home. In 5 yrs I have not had a cold sore break out if I apply Abreva in time. LOVE THIS STUFF and would pa...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on December 22, 2012 @ 12:00 am

Got a cold sore at the worst possible time.. Met a chick.. Cute chick.. Everything was perfect...really like her.. (who knows I might marry her). Anyway, after our first date I started getting a fever...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in askapatient.com on October 8, 2012 @ 12:00 am

Side Effects: No side effects. Amazing cream. Applied five times daily. Immediately noticed regression of sore.

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on October 1, 2012 @ 12:00 am

I love this product. Usually my cold sores are anywhere from 1-2 weeks, I woke up with a cold sore Friday got the cream and applied it at least every hour and that very day the sore burst on its own a...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By TraceyRoss in viewpoints.com on February 16, 2012 @ 12:00 am

Keep your lips moisturized. Last year I got a fever blister on my lip. Not only is this an uncomfortable thing but it is very embarrassing for other people to be speaking to you and staring at this u...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on December 11, 2011 @ 12:00 am

Abreva (docosanol) for Herpes Simplex: If you use Abreva at the onset of itching where the cold sore (herpes simplex) begins, apply it immediately at the dosage on the bottle (as with any prescription...

Druginformer Identified Side Effects: None

Posted By Anonymous in drugs.com on December 11, 2011 @ 12:00 am

If you use Abreva at the onset of itching where the cold sore (herpes simplex) begins, apply it immediately at the dosage on the bottle (as with any prescription) - the cold sore does NOT crust over, ...


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* About FAERS: The FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) is used by FDA for activities such as looking for new safety concerns that might be related to a marketed product, evaluating a manufacturer's compliance to reporting regulations and responding to outside requests for information. Reporting of adverse events is a voluntary process, and not every report is sent to FDA and entered into FAERS. The FAERS database may contain duplicate reports, the report quality is variable, and many factors may influence reporting (e.g., media attention, length of time a drug is marketed, market share). For these reasons, FAERS case reports cannot be used to calculate incidence or estimates of risk for a particular product or compare risks between products.