Zovirax Cold Sore Cream Tube - 2g

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Cream Tube - 2g £7.19
Laura Henderson - Medical Content Writer
Laura Henderson
Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan
CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist

What is Zovirax Cold Sore Cream?

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is a treatment for cold sores that can be used from the very first itching or tingling symptoms to speed up healing. It’s suitable for all ages, so if a member of your family has an irritating cold sore and needs a treatment that will work on cold sores fast, this could be the perfect remedy. This Zovirax cream comes in a pocket sized tube, making application a breeze, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.


What are cold sores?

Cold sores are small, fluid filled blisters that appear on your lips or around your mouth. When you’re getting a cold sore, you may experience an itching or burning sensation in the area where it’s going to appear. Cold sores will usually clear up by themselves within 10 days, but they’re very contagious, and when you have a cold sore, they can continue to reappear for the rest of your life. This is because cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes simplex, which stays in your skin once you’ve caught it and will sometimes cause cold sores.


How will the Aciclovir in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream treat my cold sores?

The active ingredient in Zovirax Cold Sore Cream is acyclovir, which is an antiviral agent. It keeps the virus that causes cold sores from multiplying, so it won’t get any worse or spread. It can work from the moment the very first symptoms of cold sore appear, helping to keep them under control and letting your skin heal.


Can I use this product if I’m taking any other medication?

If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. Some medications should not be used together, as they can interact or may make your medication less effective, but a medical professional can help you to avoid this.


Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this or any other medication. Some treatments will not be suitable for you or your baby at this time, but a medical professional can help you to choose the right treatment for you.


How to use this Zovirax Cream tube

Remove the cap and gently squeeze the tube to dispense the Zovirax cream and apply at the first signs of a cold sore, such as tingling or itching. Apply liberally to the affected area 5 times a day for four full days. If your cold sore hasn’t healed after this time, you can continue to use the cream for up to 10 days but should speak to your doctor if your cold sore has not healed after 10 days. Make sure to wash your hands before and after using this product, do not touch your eyes until you have washed your hands after using Zovirax. Do not share this product with anyone else, even if their symptoms are the same as yours, as you may risk spreading the infection.


When should this product not be used?

Do not use Zovirax Cold Sore Cream if you are allergic to aciclovir, valaciclovir, propylene glycol, or any of the listed ingredients. For external use only, do not use inside the mouth or nose. Avoid contact with eyes or genitals. Do not use this product for any skin infection other than a cold sore. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you:

  • Are unsure whether your skin infection is a cold sore
  • Have been told by your doctor that you have a weakened immune system
  • Have a cold sore that gets very severe


Does Zovirax Cold Sore Cream have any side effects?

Like all medications, Zovirax can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects while using this product you could be experiencing an allergic reaction and should stop use and seek medical assistance right away:

  • Swelling of the lips, face, eyelids, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing

Other side effects you may experience include:

  • Mild burning or stinging, which will usually go away quickly
  • Redness, itching, drying or flaking of the skin
  • Skin rashes
  • Hives or wheals

If you experience these or any other side effects, speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.


How to store this product

Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not refrigerate. Do not use if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.


Important Information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.


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Zovirax Cold Sore Cream Tube - 2g Reviews

By Stephen Winder,
October 10, 2023
Zovirax has always worked quickly
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