Active substance: 10 mg penciclovir
Excipients: cetostearyl alcohol, propylene glycol
Smooth white cream of homogeneous appearence
Fenistil Cold Sore Cream is indicated for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infections of the lips and face (herpes labialis) in adults and children over 12 years of age.
Immunocompromised patients: Fenistil Cold Sore Cream.is not recommended for use in immunocompromised patients; such patients should consult a physician concerning the treatment of any infection.
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 12 years of age:
Fenistil Cold Sore Cream should be applied at approximately two hourly intervals during waking hours, (approximately 8 times a day). Treatment should be continued for 4 days. If the condition gets worse or does not improve after 4 days treatment, seek medical advice.
Treatment should be started as early as possible after the first sign of an infection.
Children (under 12 years):
No work has been carried out in children below 12 years of age.
The cream should only be used on cold sores on the lips and around the mouth. It is not recommended for application to the mucous membranes, such as in the mouth or eye, or on the genitals. It must not be used in ocular or genital herpes. Particular care should be taken to avoid contact with the eyes.
Patients with particularly severe cold sores should be encouraged to seek medical advice.
Patients should be advised to avoid transmitting the virus, particularly when active lesions are present.
Immunocompromised patients (eg AIDs patients or bone marrow transplant recipients) should be encouraged to consult a physician in case oral therapy is indicated.
The cream contains cetostearyl alcohol, which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis). It also contains propylene glycol, which may cause skin irritation.
Store at temperatures not exceeding 30°C.
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