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Herpid (idoxuridine) is an antiviral medication in a
liquid solution used to treat skin infections caused by certain
types of viruses, such as herpes zoster, which may cause recurrent
Herpid is not a cure for herpes or any other viral infection.
Who Uses Herpid?
Herpid is prescribed to manage the symptoms of viral infections on
the skin, such as cold sores resulting from herpes zoster.
The particular infections Herpid is effective against typically
produce recurrent outbreaks, or episodes, in which symptoms will
disappear only to resurface once again weeks or months later.
Viral infections on the skin are often painful, irritating and
embarrassing. Herpid can significantly reduce the symptoms, such as
redness, pain, tingling, or itching, as well as reduce the duration
of an outbreak.
Herpid is effective against:
How Does it Work?
- Herpes simplex
- Herpes zoster
- Varicella zoster
The active ingredient in Herpid, idoxuridine
with the DNA of certain types of viruses when it comes into contact
with them. The interaction disrupts the ability of the virus to
replicate itself, inhibiting the spread of the virus and worsening
The solvent dimethyl sulfoxide
allows the medication to be
easily absorbed into deeper layers of the skin where most viral
replication takes place.
How is it Taken?
Physician instructions may vary, but usually the solution is
applied sparingly to the affected area as soon as symptoms of an
episode are noticed. The product may not be as effective if it is
not applied within the first three days of symptoms appearing.
The product comes with a brush applicator. A q-tip or other sterile
applicator may be used if preferred.
Herpid is quickly metabolized by the body and excreted in urine, so
it is usually applied three or four times a day. It may need to be
reapplied after showering or swimming.
Treatment should not continue for more than four days in a row on
the same area without explicit physician instructions. Skin damage
may occur if overused.
Herpid should be stored at room temperature. If it becomes cool,
crystals may form in the solution. If this happens it can be warmed
by holding the bottle in the hands until crystals are dissolved.
Once free of crystals, shake gently before use. Do not microwave or
otherwise heat the product.
Active ingredient: idoxuridine
Inactive ingredient: dimethyl sulfoxide
Patients with known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients
in Herpid should not take this product.
Used properly Herpid has very few side effects. Some patients
notice stinging or an odd taste in the mouth when applying Herpid,
but these effects are usually mild and quickly pass.
A few patients experience skin irritation at the site of
application. If this happens a physician should be consulted before
If Herpid gets in the eyes, rinse immediately with cool water for
15 minutes. If pain persists, or any other symptoms are present
such as swelling, seek emergency medical attention.
Herpid may not be as effective if it comes in contact with other
skin products, such as makeup, lotion, or other topical
Herpid may damage fabrics. To prevent this do not allow fabrics to
contact the treated area until the solution has dried
Contraindications and Interactions:
Herpid should not be used by pregnant women. Speak with a physician
before using if nursing. This product should not be used on
children under 12 years of age without explicit physician
Patients should read the information provided with the
medication for a complete list of possible adverse effects and
interactions prior to taking this or any other medication.