ACYCLOVIR/HYDROCORTISONE CREAM - TOPICAL
Common Brand Name(s): Xerese
Phonetic Pronunciation: (ay-SYE-kloe-vir/HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Information last revised August 2010
This medication contains 2 ingredients: acyclovir and hydrocortisone. It is used to treat cold sores/fever blisters caused by a virus (herpes simplex). Acyclovir is an antiviral medication that works by stopping the growth of the virus. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid that helps relieve itching, pain, and burning symptoms. This medication can speed up healing of cold sores, but it does not cure herpes or prevent passing the infection to someone else. It also does not prevent cold sores from returning.
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