Lipsovir, A FDA Approved New Cold Sore Medicine

October 12, 2009

With the increase in the number of individuals affected by cold sores, many have started looking for the medications that are widely used for treating cold sores. Amidst the existing over the counter medications, many intend to have an in depth understanding of the prescription medications in detail for that would testify to be relatively safe and secure.

The latest innovation in this regard constitutes Lipsovir, a prescription drug and a new cold sore medicine from Medivir. This new cold sore medicine was approved by the FDA on July 31, 2009 and the launch date is still yet to be out.

What is Lipsovir?

Lipsovir, the new cold sore medication aims at treating recurrent fever blisters and curbs the onset of ulcerative cold sores. It has also testified to shorten the sore healing tenure.

Lipsovir constitutes a combination of hydrocortisone and acyclovir. Acyclovir is an anti viral medication that has proven to combat against the ontogenesis and transmission of herpes virus. Though the medication does not cure the sores and wipe out the virus from the body, it has testified to lessen the symptoms and alleviate the inflammation caused due to the fever blisters. Hydrocortisone is a variant of steroid that helps in battling against the chemicals that cause irritation, inflammation and redness on the skin surfaces.

While it is recommended to use Lipsovir for treating cold sores that are at their starting stage, this drug is intended to treat the fever blisters among adults and children who are over 12 years of age.

Interesting Facts about Lipsovir

Since FDA had categorized Lipsovir, the new cold sore medicine as a category C drug, it might be harmful for an unborn baby. Before taking Lipsovir, it is imperative to tell your medical practitioner if you are pregnant or planning to have a family soon.

It is highly emphasized that you apply the cream as per the dosage prescribed for an excess might prove to be detrimental. Ensure that you make use of a glove and apply the cream using a cotton swab as with other cold sore medications for that would be helpful in controlling the outbreak and transmission to others.

While children under the age of 12 are discouraged from resorting to the usage of Lipsovir, care must be taken and proactive discussion is a must if you are allergic to acyclovir or hydrocortisone.

Cold sore medicine reviews reveal that the side effects of this new cold sore medicine might be mild and can constitute itching, irritation and tolerable pain. However, if you notice allergic symptoms like breathing difficulties and swelling around the area of usage, it is imperative that you get medical help immediately.


Top 3 Prescription Cold Sore Medicines

October 11, 2009

While there is ample information floating around the internet about new cold sore medicines, it is vital to understand the top and the most effective FDA approved prescription cold sore medicines for that would prove to be safe and secure whenever used rather than opting for any other treatment for curing cold sores.

This article lists out the top 2 powerful cold sore medicines based on personal experiences. The latest FDA approved Lipsovir is discussed here in detail as the third prescription cold sore medicine option.

Denavir Cream 1%

Generically available in the form of penciclovir topical, Denavir is an antiviral prescription cold sore medication initially approved by FDA in the year 1996. This medication is intended to be used externally and if used near the eyes or inside the nose is likely to cause irritation.

The recommended dosage entails the application of this cream once in every 2 hours during the day. Approximately, it can be used 9 times a day. However, excessive usage of this cream is strictly prohibited and it has to be used during the tingle stage where the individual starts feeling soreness around the areas of prospective infection. Redness or inflammation in the areas of the lips and mouth insinuates the onset of cold sores. It is vital that you start applying this medication at this stage of the inset of the infection for it to be effective.

Zovirax Cream 5%

Commonly referred to as the acyclovir, it works similar to that of Denavir cream. This prescription cold sore medicine is also applied externally. The recommended dosage entails the external application for 4 times a day. It is quite expensive and is recommended that you apply this cream at the onset of the tingling stage of sold sores. However, this cream has proven to be effective in controlling and healing the blisters after they appear.

Working Principle of Denavir and Zovirax

Both these prescription cold sore medications work by managing and limiting the extent of damage caused by cold sores. However, they are neither intended to be perfect cure for cold sores nor are prescribed as the preventive medications for the contraction of cold sores. As such, even after the application of these creams, it is likely that the herpes virus type 1 lingers in the infected patients’ body and remains passive till another infection or outbreak sets in.


This is the recently FDA approved prescription medicine for cold sores. Being a combination of Acyclovir and hydrocortisone, it helps in preventing ulcerative fever blisters and shortens the healing time of the blisters.

Famvir and valtrex are the other prescription cold sore medicines that are in vogue today. Before resorting to any of these, please make it a point to get your physician’s advice for that would render safe and secure usage of these medicines in the long run.