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Penciclovir topical

Generic Name: Penciclovir topical [pen-SYE-kloe-veer-TOP-ik-al]

Brand Name: Denavir
Dosage Form: Topical cream (1 percent)
The Class of Drug: Topical antivirals

What is Penciclovir topical?

Penciclovir topically (for the face) is a medication that fights viruses for treating sores caused by colds that appear on the lips and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Topical penciclovir is intended for both children and adults who are at least 12 years old.

Penciclovir topical does not cure sore throats. sores, and you could be suffering from them in the near future.Penciclovir topical can also be used to treat conditions that are not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Penciclovir topical

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Consult your doctor immediately. If you experience extreme irritation to the skin, burning, itching, or a rash after applying this medication,

Common side effects of topical penciclovir can include:

  • There was tingling or nonessential numbness where the medication was sprayed
  • Headache
  • Changes in your perception of your taste.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, Valtrex, Zovirax, and Tetracaine topical


Avoid applying penciclovir topical on the inside of the nose or around the eyes.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use penciclovir topical if you have an allergy to it.

Because penciclovir topically cannot be absorbed into the body, taking penciclovir as a topical medication isn't likely to cause harm when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.Penciclovir topically isn't permitted for use by anyone less than 12 years old.

How to take penciclovir topical?

Follow the directions on your prescription label and go through all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine according to instructions..Penciclovir topical can be used only on the face and lips. If the medicine is absorbed in your mouth or nose, clean it out using water.Use this medication as soon as you first begin to notice symptoms of cold sores (tingling, itching, redness, and a bump).Cleanse your hands prior to and after you apply the medication.

Make sure to apply every two hours during the day for four consecutive days.Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve or if they become worse.Keep the room at room temperature.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis:

Apply the cream to the area for 2 hours every day when you are awake.
The duration of therapy The duration of therapy is 4 days.
Comment: Treatment should be initiated as soon as feasible (i.e., in the prodrome or as soon as lesions begin to appear).
Use: In the treatment of herpes labialis that has recurred (cold sores).

Usual Paediatric Dose for Herpes Simplex Labialis:

Age 12 or over Apply the cream to the affected area at least every two hours during the day while you are awake.
Therapy duration: 4 days
Comments: Treatment should commence as soon as is feasible (i.e., in the prodrome or when the lesions start to show).
Use: To treat herpes labialis recurrently (cold sores).

What happens If I miss a dose?

Take the medication as quickly as you can; however, do not take the dose you missed if it is close to time for the next dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

A penciclovir overdose isn't expected to pose a risk. Get medical attention immediately or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222. If you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Avoid applying penciclovir topical to an area around or near your eyes.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin care treatment will not be affected by any other medications that you are taking. But there are many drugs that interact with each other. Inform your health care providers about the medicines you are taking, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbs.