Abreva Side Effects
In a clinical study, common Abreva side effects included headaches, stuffy or runny nose, and painful menstrual periods. However, side effects typically don't occur unless too much of the drug is taken. Since it can be difficult to tell if side effects of Abreva are caused by the medication or by other factors, tell your healthcare provider if you experience anything that doesn't seem "right" during treatment.
An Introduction to Abreva Side Effects
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Abreva® (docosanol); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Abreva. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Abreva side effects with you.)
Common Abreva Side EffectsAbreva is a non-prescription medication. With prescription medications, the manufacturers must provide "prescribing information" that includes detailed information about side effects. However, such information is not available for most non-prescription medications, including Abreva.
Based on information submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the drug was approved, the following Abreva side effects were reported in a clinical study:
- Headaches -- in up to 12 percent of people
- Painful menstrual periods -- up to 3 percent
- Stuffy or runny nose -- up to 2 percent
- Infection -- up to 2 percent.