Hello, I have been reading this forum for two weeks and have received so much great information that I couldn't find anywhere else. Thanks so much. There are so many amazing post. I wanted to give back what little advice i have to possibly help someone out there. I hope it helps. Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum. Background: I have had coldsores for 20+ years. They suck. I have tried prescription,OTC, crazy herbals, etc. About a year ago I was getting another, of many, cold sores for the year. I was online looking for an alternative to abreva. I came across: ** Viroxyn Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment and Topical Antiseptic - Three 0.6 ml Vials $45 I went to Amazon to see what the comments were. I was overjoyed to see the first comment was: * TheTruth (Florida) - See all my reviews This review is from: Viroxyn Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment and Topical Antiseptic - Three 0.6 ml Vials (Health and Beauty) 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%. I read this and went right to the store and bought a $5 spray bottle of Bactine (5oz). Sprayed some on my finger and rubbed it on my lips. Soothing relief. An outbreak never happened. Since then I've probably used it 10-15 times. I don't have a more accurate number because when you don't have a breakout you aren't scarred my the miserable two weeks of suffering.* I have suffered for years and it is a joy to have an inexpensive fix.... For me at least. I did have one outbreak in Mexico a month ago and forgot to bring *Bactine. *I couldn't find it in the pharmacy. When I got home the next day I put on some and it instantly soothed it. It did swell a bit but it didn't form up and scab. I love this stuff. And NO I am not a spokesman for the Bactine company, although they could probably make a fortune if they let people know it would sooth cold sores and well as sooth cuts and scrapes. I also put it on my canker sores and it soothes them but it doesn't stop them. *You shouldn't swallow it though. As far as hsv2, my girlfriend tried it and said it did nothing to help .....sorry By the way, the only difference is the soothing ingredients:* Viroxyn - *Benzocaine 5% Bactine - Lidocaine 2.5% Another inexpensive product is CureChrome 1oz btl. ($3.50)*walgreens. It has the same ingredients. I also found this, which is yet another expensive option: Releev® Cold Sore Symptom Treatment* INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredients:Benzalkonium Chloride 0.13% (an organic chloride salt). Inactive Ingredients:Viracea, Methyl & Propyl Paraben, Potassium Sorbate, Methylcellulose, Purified Water. I hope this helps someone else ...it sure helped me Now if anyone has any cankersore advice ... That would be helpful!!!!