Cure the Common Cold Sore with Abreva + Giveaway
If you’ve ever had a cold sore; you know the pain, frustration, and discomfort that comes along with it. Figuring out how to cure it can be just as frustrating. It’s easy to head out to find the best solution, just to be left standing in the aisle, scratching your head, and ultimately making a choice based on the package or the price.
Looks can be deceiving, especially with all the choices and sophisticated packaging that can be found in the cold sore category. In a recent survey, which asked 1,000 American adults, ages 18 and older about how closely they pay attention to the ingredients of “look-alike” treatments, it revealed 66 percent of Americans believe that when “look-alike treatments” have the same or similar packaging as the name-brand treatment, that it is likely that they have the same ingredients. Additionally, 93 percent of Americans admit to purchasing the “look-alike treatments” in the past solely because they are less expensive.
As an example, the FDA recently issued a warning letter to a marketer and distributor of a product containing Benzalkonium Chloride whose label claims that it heals
cold sores. In the letter issued in early May, the FDA asserts that the active ingredient, Benzalkonium Chloride, is not indicated for treating or healing cold sores.
The real truth is… that not all medicines are the same. This is often a myth and misconception that many consumers believe – especially when it comes to saving a few bucks.
Tips on How to Spot an Imposter (Abreva vs. Look-Alike)
Pharmacist and pharmacy chain store owner Pam Marquess, Pharm.D, a GSK spokesperson provides these great tips on how to look at ingredients and tell which is the imposter – from the perspective of a pharmacist:
• Look at the Drug Facts of both products:
o What are the active ingredients?
o Which one contains docosonal?
o If the active ingredient is not docosonal, the product does not heal cold sores
• Am I really saving in the long run by buying the look-alike product that does not heal cold sores?
All cold sore products are not the same. If you suffer from cold sores or have a family member or close friend who does, it is important to know whether you are buying a brand product that heals vs. a look-alike product that does not.
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