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Cold sores are red, fluid-filled blisters that form near the mouth and are caused by a common virus called herpes simplex. Not to be confused with canker sores that occur inside the mouth and are not contagious, cold sores are highly contagious and are usually clumped together in patches. Be sure to avoid kissing or sharing toothbrushes, food, lipsticks, etc., during the course of an outbreak. An outbreak can last two weeks or longer.

Once you get the herpes simplex virus, it can’t be cured, but it can be managed. Once the sores have healed, the virus remains dormant in your body. This means that new sores can appear at any time when the virus reactivates. Some people with the virus report more frequent outbreaks when their immune systems are weak, such as during illness or times of stress.

Before a cold sore appears, you may feel a tingling or burning sensation. This is the best time to start treatment. Acyclovir is an antiviral active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) often used in patients with cold sores. With compounded solutions, you can combine multiple APIs and tailor the dose directly to your unique needs. In our state-of-the-art compounding lab, we create several options including...

• Acyclovir 10% Flavored Lip Ointment

• Acyclovir 5%/Lidocaine 1% Lip Balm

When your physician writes a prescription for a compounded medication, be sure to know what to look for when choosing a compounding pharmacy to make your medication. Finding a lab that has achieved Accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) allows you to rest assured that the pharmacy has met or exceeded industry standards for quality, training, testing, and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about our PCAB Accredited compounding lab or solutions, please give us a call or stop by.

*The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider with questions concerning any medical condition. Compounded medications are not reviewed by the FDA for safety or efficacy.

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