Medicine used to treat cold sore

Vectavir is a white cream used to treat cold sores caused by a viral infection. When the virus is triggered it multiplies and a cold sore develops. By stopping the virus from reproducing Vectavir effectively controls the infection.

Herpes – a very common virus

Cold sores are caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus. Herpes is a very common virus and a great majority of the adult population is seropositive to the virus. People who become infected with the virus will have it for the rest of their lives. Some experience regular outbreaks, others will only experience one outbreak and then the virus will stay dormant in their nerve cells.

How to use Vectavir

Vectavir works by stopping the virus to multiply. Starting the treatment as soon as possible after the early symptoms is the most efficient way to control the infection. The white colour of the Vectavir cream is a good way to cover the cold sores during the whole outbreak. 

If you continue to use Vectavir cream during the outbreak your blisters will heal faster.

Wash your hands to avoid the skin from getting infected. Put a small amount of Vectavir cream on your fingertip and apply on infected area. Repeat the treatment every other hour for four days.

Vectavir is sold in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic pharmacies

Vectavir (penciclovir), Cream, OTC, EF

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Vectavir cream is indicated for the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis) caused by Herpes simplex, in adults and children from 12 years of age.

Aco Hud Nordic AB (Product website)

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Do not use Vectavir if hypersensitive to penciclovir or any of the other ingredients. Do not use for application inside the mouth or nose or on genital areas.

If you have a condition or are receiving treatment which weakens your immune system, always consult a doctor before using Vectavir. The same goes if you are pregnant, planning to have a baby or breast-feeding.

Vectavir contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions. It also contains propylene glycol which may cause skin irritation.

Please carefully study the information contained in the leaflet or, as applicable, on the outer packaging. Please consult a physician before usage.

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