Vectavir Cold Sore Cream (Penciclovir) is an antiviral medicine which is used to treat certain viral infections. It acts by preventing the production of viral genetic material (DNA), which is required for the reproduction and survival of the virus. Penciclovir itself does not kill the virus, but by stopping it from reproducing, the virus is present in lower numbers. The lower numbers mean that the body's immune system can more easily overcome the virus. Penciclovir is most commonly used to treat herpes simplex viral infections.
This preparation should only be used to treat herpes simplex infections of the lips, a condition which is commonly known as a cold sore.
Treatment should be started as early as possible after the first sign of an infection (tingling sensation) and continued for 4 days.
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ClassificationPharmacy Only Medicine
DosageApply a small amount of Vectavir Cold Sore Cream every 2 hours during the day, at least 6 times daily and continue for 4 days.
WarningsThere is no information available about the safety of this medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Use Vectavir Cold Sore Cream with caution with People whose immune systems have a decreased ability to fight infection and disease, eg due to diseases such as leukaemia, lymphoma, HIV infection or immunodeficiency syndromes
Avoid contact of this medicine with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes). Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
Adverse EffectsVectavir Cold Sore Cream may cause stinging or burning at the area of application
It may also cause numbness