Vectavir

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.

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Vectavir is available in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark

Specifications

White cream, 1% penciclovir

Storage:
Tube should be kept in max 30°C. May not be refrigerated.

Precautions:
You should always talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using Vectavir. Do not use Vectavir if hypersensitive to penciclovir or any of the other ingredients. Vectavir should only be used on cold sores on the lip and around the mouth. 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 – talk to a doctor before applying Vectavir.

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

Dosage:
Adults and children over 12 years: as soon as possible after the early symptoms (itching and tingeling) appear. Apply on cold sore every other hour for four days.

Vectavir® (penciclovir) cream 1%, OTC, EF

ATC code: D06BB06

Therapeutic indications: 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.

Precautions: You should always talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using Vectavir. Do not use Vectavir if hypersensitive to penciclovir or any of the other ingredients. Vectavir should only be used on cold sores on the lip and around the mouth. 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 – talk to a doctor before applying Vectavir.

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

Dosing: Use the cream from debut of symptoms and every second hour for the following 4 days.

Storage: Store below 30°C. Do not freeze.

Package information: tube, 2 g

For full information regarding prescription and SPC (2020-10-14) please see www.fass.se