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Generic Abreva (docosanol) is currently not available in the United States, despite the fact that the drug's first patent has already expired. It's important not to confuse the active ingredient in a drug with its generic version. For example, docosanol is not a form of generic Abreva; it's the active ingredient.
Generic Abreva: An OverviewAbreva® (docosanol) is a non-prescription cold sore treatment. It is the only non-prescription product approved to shorten the healing time and the duration of cold sore symptoms.
When Will Generic Abreva Be Available?
Is Docosanol the Same as Generic Abreva?No -- docosanol is the active ingredient in Abreva, but is not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that, oftentimes, the active ingredient of any drug is referred to as the "generic name."
The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.