Xerese

(acyclovir and hydrocortisone)

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Helps with cold sores.

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Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) lowers the frequency and shortens the duration of a herpes (cold sore) episode. Though, it only works in the beginning of your cold sore episode.

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Quick facts about Xerese
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (acyclovir and hydrocortisone)

Upsides

  • Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) is good for shortening the duration and frequency of your cold sore episodes.
  • Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) has minimal side effects so it's tolerated well by most people.
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Downsides

  • Only works when applying the medication at first symptoms or first cold sore appearance.
  • Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) doesn't cure or stop you from having cold sores.
  • Use only on the outside of your body. This medication doesn't help with any cold sores that may occur in your mouth.
  • A tube of Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) is very expensive.
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How it works

Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) is a combination of 2 different medicines: acyclovir and hydrocortisone. Acyclovir is an antiviral and works by preventing the herpes virus from replicating. Hydrocortisone works to suppress any inflammation in the area of your cold sore.

Quick facts about Xerese
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (acyclovir and hydrocortisone)

Used for

  • Recurrent herpes simplex labialis

Dosage forms

  • Cream
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What to expect when you take Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) for Recurrent herpes simplex labialis

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  • Possible side effects
  • Burning or tingling in applied area
  • Change in skin color in applied area
  • Dry or flaky skin
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Risks and Warnings for Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone)

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  • Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) is only used for cold sores that are on the lip and around the mouth. Don't apply Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone) in the eye, inside your mouth, nose or on your genitals.

Common concerns from people taking Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone)

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  • Don't cover your cold sore with anything after applying Xerese (acyclovir and hydrocortisone).