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Are there any OTC meds to minimize early cold sore

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Are there any OTC meds to minimize early cold sore development the way Valtrex works?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for this question

Abreva works well for this.

This would be the only viable OTC that would help

Expert:  Dr. Bridget replied 1 year ago.

Hi! Sorry to disappoint, but there are no OTC medicines like Valtrex that can treat a cold sore on the roof of your mouth. Only oral medicines can treat a cold sore inside the mouth. Current OTC treatment for cold sores like Abreva can only be used externally. I know you were hoping for better news, but you could use an online physician service and get a prescription for Valtrex sent to a pharmacy near you while you are on vacation (as long as you are in the US). If you need some suggestions on sites, please let me know.



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