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Cold sores can irritate you, overstay their welcome, and then come back – sometimes, over and over again. Even if you don't have a cold sore right now, be ready for the next time.

Taking an active role in your own care is one of the best things you can do to stay ahead of a cold sore. Complete this helpful Doctor Discussion Guide before your next appointment. It’s an easy way to gather important information about your cold sores so you can have a productive discussion with your doctor.

Check off the questions that you want to ask your doctor at your next appointment.


  1. 1.
    Keep treatment on hand. If you’re travelling, or going to be out all day, keep your cold sore treatment with you so it’s there when you need it.
  2. 2.
    Do your homework. Pay attention to what triggers your outbreaks. Try to avoid them as much as you can.
  3. 3.
    Treat at the first tingle. The earlier you treat the cold sore, the better.
  4. 4.
    Use your treatment as prescribed. Always use your treatment just as your doctor tells you. This includes at what time(s), how much, and how often.
  5. 5.
    Stop the spread! Try not to touch your cold sore, and if you do, wash your hands with soap and water. Your cold sore is contagious during its whole cycle. So, avoid close contact with others and sharing food and utensils — this can spread the virus.
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ZOVIRAX Cream is a prescription medicine that is used to treat cold sores on the lips and around the mouth only, in patients 12 and older with normal immune systems.

ZOVIRAX Cream is not a cure for cold sores.

Important Safety Information

Do not use ZOVIRAX Cream if you are allergic to Zovirax Cream, acyclovir, valacyclovir, or any of its ingredients. ZOVIRAX Cream is most effective when used early, at the start of a cold sore. For best results, apply the cream at the first sign of a cold sore (such as tingling, redness, bump, or itch).

Use ZOVIRAX Cream only on your affected skin. Do not swallow ZOVIRAX Cream or apply it to the eyes, inside the mouth or nose, or on the genitals. Do not apply other topical products to the affected area while using ZOVIRAX Cream.

Before you start using ZOVIRAX Cream, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have, including if you become sick very easily (have a weak immune system), are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. You should not breastfeed if you have a cold sore near or on your breast.

The most common skin-related side effects of ZOVIRAX Cream are dry or cracked lips, flakiness or dryness of skin, a burning or stinging feeling, or itching of the skin.

You are encouraged to report side effects to FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for Prescribing Information.