Acyclovir; Hydrocortisone topical cream
What is this medicine?
ACYCLOVIR; HYDROCORTISONE (ay SYE kloe veer hye droe KOR ti sone) cream is used to treat cold sores caused by the herpes virus. This medicine will not cure herpes.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is only for external use on cold sores. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Use a finger cot or rubber gloves so that you do not spread the infection to another site. Apply a thin layer to cover all lesions. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not bathe, shower, or swim within 30 minutes of applying this medicine. Use this medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think you are better. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice. Talk to your doctor if your cold sore is not better in 2 weeks.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected. Do not apply other skin care products (cosmetics, lip balm, or sunscreens) to the sore unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 to 30 degrees C (59-86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
immune system problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to acyclovir, ganciclovir, valacyclovir, hydrocortisone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Even though you are using this medicine, you can still spread the herpes infection to another person. Try to keep the sores (blisters) from making contact with another person's skin.
This medicine works best when applied very early in the course of an infection. Begin treatment at the first sign of infection. These signs include tingling, itching, or pain in the affected area.