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Cold Sore Treatment

Order aciclovir to treat oral herpes

Cold Sore Treatment

Order aciclovir to treat oral herpes

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Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and they can be treated with antiviral medication.

Aciclovir tablets help heal the sores faster and are particularly effective when taken as soon as the first symptoms appear.

Aciclovir is also prescribed as a suppression treatment for people who encounter frequently recurring bouts of oral herpes.

If you need treatment for genital herpes, visit our genital herpes service.

If you wish to confirm whether you are a carrier of herpes, order a test online now.

Using a home test works in the following steps:

  • Place an order and get your kit delivered to your door, or collect from a local post office (delivery is free)
  • Collect your sample by following the instructions in the test kit
  • Send your samples to our UK-based, accredited partner laboratory (postage is free) 
  • Once your results are available (in 2 to 3 days), our doctors will review your results  
  • One of our doctors will contact you, via a secure and confidential message in your patient account, to let you know your results and give you advice and support on what to do next

In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.

Please note, where a generic product has been ordered we may use a range of manufacturers in order to provide you with your medication, in order to maintain our service levels.

To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a treatment if suitable. Existing patients should login first.

Medication Pack Size Price
One course of Aciclovir - for a cold sore outbreak(400mg, 15 tablets)£20
Two courses of Aciclovir - for cold sore outbreaks(400mg, 30 tablets)£25
Three courses of Aciclovir - for cold sore outbreak(400mg, 45 tablets)£30
Aciclovir - for suppressive treatment of recurrent cold sores3 months (400mg, 168 tablets) £49
Cold sore test kit1 test kit£80

Dispensing and standard delivery included. Next Day Delivery: £3.99

How our service works

  • Complete a short questionnaire about your health. 
  • Select a preferred treatment and pay for your order.
  • A Superdrug Online Doctor will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.
  • Orders received before 4pm will be sent out the same day. Orders received after 4pm will be sent out the next working day.
  • Your treatment will be posted to you via your choice of standard or next day delivery.
  • Someone will need to sign for the delivery, else it will be held at your local post office.
  • The treatment arrives in plain, discreet packaging.

Common side effects from aciclovir can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sick
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pain
  • Skin rashes or itching
  • Tiredness

Cold sore healing can also be improved with hydrocolloid dressings (Compeed invisible cold sore patches) available in most pharmacies. Local anaesthetic creams applied to the blisters and oral painkillers such as paracetamol can ease any discomfort of the blisters.

Without treatment, cold sores usually heal within 7 - 10 days.

If you want to discuss your cold sores with a doctor, you can book a telephone consultation. Our doctors will be able to offer personalised advice.

About Cold Sore Treatment

To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a treatment if suitable. Existing patients should login first.