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Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1) and Pain Relievers

Written by ColleenO.

Pain relievers can offer relief of the pain that may accompany and outbreak of cold sores.

Common names include:

  • Acetaminophen (Aceta, Apacet, Feverall, Panadol, Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Dolgesic, Genpril, Ibuprin, Motrin, Nuprin, Rufen)

Effect of Pain Relievers on Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)

Pain relievers help with cold sores by relieving the pain that accompanies an outbreak.

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How to Use Pain Relievers

Pain relievers are taken as-needed basis. The dose depends on the amount of pain you are having. For severe pain and inflammation, ibuprofen is available in higher doses by prescription. Ibuprofen should be taken with food or a full glass of water.

Possible side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Upset stomach

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