Generic Name: penciclovir, Topical cream

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Highlights for penciclovir

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PENCICLOVIR (pen SYE kloe veer) is an antiviral medicine. It is used to treat infections caused by certain kinds of viruses. Examples of these infections include cold sores and herpes. This medicine will not cure herpes.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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penciclovir Side Effects

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Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • altered taste sensation
  • dulled sensitivity to touch
  • headache
  • skin irritation or itching
  • skin rash
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penciclovir May Interact with Other Medications

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Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without telling your doctor or health care professional.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use penciclovir

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This medicine is only for external use on the lips or face. Do not use in the eye or inside the mouth. If you do get this medicine in your eyes, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin layer of cream to cover all sores or blisters. Begin applying at the first sign of blisters or as soon as you have symptoms. Apply every 2 hours while you are awake or as instructed by your doctor or health care professional. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • suppressed immune function
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to penciclovir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
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.

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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