FDA Approves Novartis's Denavir

Denavir is a cream containing antiviral medication.

Denavir is used topically for the treatment of recurrent cold sores on the lips and face, associated with the herpes simplex virus. It works by preventing the herpes simplex virus from growing and should begin applied at the first hint of a developing cold sore.

Denavir may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Denavir Top Uses

This medication is used to treat "cold sores/fever blisters" (herpes labialis). It can speed up healing of the sores and decrease symptoms (such as tingling, pain, burning, itching). Penciclovir belongs to a class of medications known as antivirals. It works by stopping the growth of the virus. This medication does not cure herpes, and it does not prevent passing the infection to someone else. It does not prevent future occurrences.

How To Use Denavir Top

Use this medication at the first sign of infection (such as tingling, burning, redness, or sores). Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying this medication. Clean and dry the affected areas before applying the medication. Apply a thin layer of penciclovir cream to completely cover the area of the cold sore or the area of tingling/itching/redness/swelling, and rub in gently. Apply the cream every 2 hours (except during sleep) for 4 days or as directed by your doctor.

Apply to skin only. Do not apply this medication in or near the eyes since this medication can irritate the eyes. If you do get medication in your eyes, flush with plenty of water. Do not apply inside the mouth or nose.

Why is Denavir prescribed?

Denavir cream is used to treat recurrent cold sores on the lips and face. It works by interfering with the growth of the herpesvirus responsible for the sores.

Most important fact about Denavir

You should begin applying Denavir at the first hint of a developing cold sore. The drug will not cure herpes, but it will reduce pain and may speed healing.

Check with your doctor if your cold sore does not improve or becomes worse. You could have an infection.

Denavir Description:

Denavir is a prescription antiviral cream used topically to treat recurrent herpes labialis, or cold sores. Denavir is safe for use in adults and children 12 years of age and older. The cream is used only on the lips and face, and it treats cold sores and fever blisters related to herpes simplex virus type 1.

Denavir Uses:

Denavir is indicated for the treatment of a common viral infection known as herpes labialis, or cold sores. This infection, caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, can easily spread from one person to another and usually occurs around the mouth. The condition is characterized by the development of small, painful blisters on the mouth, lips, or gums.

Herpes labialis is a highly contagious disease and can be contracted either directly or through items used by the infected person. The infection commonly spreads from one person to another through infected razors, towels, dishes, and other such articles.