80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2009
Great product- but check the active ingredient. The secret is: IT'S THE SAME AS Bactine. Yes, THAT Bactine. As in only six bucks for a FULL BOTTLE of this stuff you get in three tiny vials here. I have no problem with someone trying to make a profit- but this is outrageous. Don't take my word for it: Compare the ingredient of Viroxin to Bactine: It's the same: Benzalkonium Cl 0.13%.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2007
I get fever blisters several times a year. By the time I heard of Viroxyn, this outbreak was at the "million blister" stage. I used it once and by that evening, ALL of the blisters were gone. The next day all that was left was just a dry, reddish area. No pain, blisters gone within 12 hours, completely healed within 48 hours. I like it!
Walgreen's has their own label of this product (exact same thing other than the packaging). it is 2 vials for about $13.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2009
Hi fellow cold sore sufferers. Don't you just love how the drug companies have us under their thumbs because we are desperate to get rid of these damn cold sores?!! So we will fork out a ton of money in hopes that the newest expensive product just might work. Well good news...this one actually does do a pretty good job. But after some research online and at my local Walgreens, I came across a product called "CureChrome" First aid Antseptic. It has the EXACT SAME ACTIVE INGREDIENT- IN THE EXACT SAME PERCENTAGE (Benzalkonium Chloride 0.13% -The Benzocaine in Virozyn is just a numbing agent)but CureChrome costs about 10% the price. Even the Walgreens generic version of Viroxyn was $30.00 about $378 an ounce! I got a 1oz btl. of CureChrome for $3.50 NO JOKE! I put it on on day two of my cold sore. By that evening it was in the scabbing over stage. I applied it 2-3x the next day and by day 3 I could tell it was in the "virus gone-just need to heal the skin" stage and so I started applying Neosporin to speed up the healing process. I'm now on day 4 and there is no swelling, no pain just a bit red and flaky. By far the shortest cold sore I have ever had. I have used Abreva in the past and am pretty convinced it doesn't do much. So there it is. This is my 1st review and I hope it saves somebody some pain and money. You can see the product on Walgreens website and compare for yourself. Good luck!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2008
I've been having breakouts for about 5 years now, but it's only been the last several months that I've been getting them constantly, thanks to a bad reaction to depo-provera shots. Needless to say, I'm off the shots. I had thought that the first outbreak was supposed to be the worse, but it just seemed that when they started up again, it was getting to be more and more out of control. I'd have an outbreak on my lips and then after it'd heal, it'd go to the sides of my face. Then, after THAT would heal, it'd go back to my lips again! I've tried EVERYTHING too, from Abreva, to Herpicin-L, to icing the area, to tea bags, to taking L-Lysine supplements. NOTHING seemed to stop the outbreaks and I was feeling rather down about the whole thing. Finally, while I was on vacation, I seemed to explode into another outbreak overnight and stopped by a CVS and actually bought the knock-off version out of desperation. I haven't even heard of this method before, but decided to give it a go. I put it on around the early evening and by nighttime, my blisters had gone down and I was in the scabbing stage. They felt dry, but weren't splitting and looked a million times better! I wasn't embarrassed to go out anymore. I HIGHLY reccomend trying this stuff. I plan on buying it in bulk and keeping it around at all times. Great thing is, it costs the same as Abreva and I don't have to keep applying it over and over again. Not to mention, it works A LOT faster!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2009
I've suffered from cold sores since high school and I have outbreaks about 2 to 3 times a year. I've tried many of the OTC stuff, including Abreva, which was the most effective at the time (cut down time from 2 weeks to 1 week). Then, my dentist gave me a sample of Viroxyn. I kept it on hand for the next outbreak and was AMAZED that it stopped/healed my cold sore quickly. It was gone in 2 days! I found the generic version at CVS (less than half the cost of the brand name) and it works just as well. I always keep at least 2 vials on hand for the unexpected oubreak. In fact, I felt an outbreak just this past Saturday (on my way to a wedding!!). I used the product within 2 hours of the "tingle" and it was gone in the next couple of hours!! I thought I'd have to cover it up with lots of makeup, but no need. It is a lifesaver for anyone who suffers from cold sores. I highly recommend it, but get the generic version at the pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc).
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2009
I find that Viroxyn works great, as long as I catch the cold sore early. Once the blisters start growing, healing time increases exponentially. There are OTC versions as well. Since I found myself without a vial when the last couple outbreaks started and there was no time to get to the pharmacist, I tried some other products with the same active ingredient. Not surprisingly, they worked for me too. Most first aid kits have antiseptic wipes with 0.13% Benzalkonium chloride. Many medicine cabinets have Bactine, which has the same active ingredient as Viroxyn, except in a water base. I find that a cotton swab saturated with Bactine works just as well in an emergency. These replacements don't have the alcohol base, so I'm not sure if they penetrate as well. I make up for this by applying a few times a day. Two squirts of bactine on a q-tip costs less than $0.05, so cost is not an issue.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a pharmacist, and this review is not intended as medical advice. Consult your healthcare provider before substituting OTC medications. Follow label instructions and warnings on all medications.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2007
What's in this stuff that makes it so expensive? Most likely, I'm guessing, a substance that costs a tiny fraction of what it costs you to get it. However... unlike every other useless cold sore remedy I've tried (and I've tried most of them), this product is more than just a moisutirizer or a pain reliever. At the very first sign of a cold sore, I applied this product. I suspect nothing will completely stop a cold sore once it has started, but this stuff came close. I have to admit I was surprised. Is it worth over $12 per dose to significantly reduce the typical painful and unsightly 7-10 day cycle of a cold sore? Probably. The severity of mine was reduced by, I'd say, 80-90%, and it was completely gone in about 3 days.
About the expiration date fiasco also noted by another reviewer... yes it's disturbing that there is a label attached to the product extending the original expiration date. Even this new date is annoyingly close to the date of purchase however... this stuff apparently has a very short (and yet to be determined?) shelf life.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2007
I've dealt with fever blisters/cold sores since I was a kid. I've never been able to escape the torture of getting them! I will say though I've had extreme cases as well. I won't get just one but I've had up to 10 at one time!!!!
I've used everything under the sun from perscription to over the counter and I will say this product has done a lot for me! The best part is Walgreen's sells their version for a few dollars cheaper!! And you dont have to pay shipping and handling!
I've been using this for about 2 years and Yes I still get multiple outbreaks but I would definitely recommend this product. It will take your sore from the development stage straight into the scab phase within 24 hrs!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2007
Let me start by saying I actually bought the knock off brand. Same active ingredient benzalkonium chloride. I could not find the actual brand in a store. I suffer from sever fever blisters! The last one I had lasted for 2 weeks and I was unable to talk for about 5 days because of the severity. (swollen,puss,then blood from the scabs cracking) Oh gross I know! I have RX pills that you take internally and also the ones that you put on the blister and topical RX and OTC Stuff. I have very bad scars on my lower lip. Anyway. Sunday night I noticed that my lip was feeling weird, YEP FEVER BLISTER. Worst part is that my brother is getting married on Saturday! I was devastated. When I get an outbreak, I can't go anywhere. My entire lower face is disfigured for a while.
So I decided to see if there was any thing new that I did not know about.
I found this, and drove 1 hour to get a store brand. I already had a fever blister by Tuesday when I finally got this. I had been using Abreva and Curasore. Sunday and Monday. I did not take any of my RX meds. They were old so I decided not to take them.
My point. It worked. It is Thursday and my blister is flat no puss, just the normal redness after a blister. It is healing!!!!!!!!!
It was actually cheaper than Abreva and easier. I used one vial at about 10am and another that night. I continued using Abreva On Wednesday and so on until it is healed.
I can't believe how great this product worked. AMAZING!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2008
Learned about this product from a dentist friend. It absolutely works! I was having repeated outbreaks in one spot on & under my lip & just could not get it under control - using every product on the market. Valtrex, of course, worked but I do not want to take that. After I appeared to have the whole thing under control - I continued to use this every morning & night for about a week in that one spot and it cleared the whole thing up! Has not returned. It's been 3 mos. Expensive but absolutely the best. My dentist friend advised that once you get it under control...use it at the very first signs ("tingling") & it will work as a preventative and IT DOES! I think it somehow disrupts that virus in the nerve - very effectively.