Sitavig Safety Profile¹
Treatment emergent adverse events considered related to treatment that occurred in greater than or equal to 1% of patients included headache (1% Sitavig vs. 2% placebo) and application site pain (1% both arms). There was no discontinuation of Sitavig due to adverse drug reactions.
Known hypersensitivity to acyclovir, milk protein concentrate, or any other component of the product.
Most common adverse reactions (≥1%) are: headache and application site pain. For more information, please view Sitavig Full Prescribing Information (PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
- Bieber T, Chosidow O, Bodsworth N, Tyring S, Hercogova J, Bloch M, Davis M, Lewis M, Boutolleau D, Attali P and the LIP Study Group. Efficacy and safety of acyclovir mucoadhesive buccal tablet in immunocompetent patients with labial herpes (LIP): A double-blind, placebo-controlled, self-initiated trial. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(7):791-798. View study (link will lead you to the JDD site).
- Sitavig [package insert]. Charleston, SC: Cipher Pharmaceuticals U.S. LLC; 2015.
Indication & Important Safety Information
Sitavig® (acyclovir), 50mg Muco-Adhesive Buccal Tablet is indicated for the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores) in immunocompetent adults.
- Sitavig should not be used in patients with known hypersensitivity to acyclovir, milk protein concentrate, or other components of the product.
- Sitavig has not been studied in pregnant women or in immunocompromised patients and no interaction studies have been performed. Sitavig’s safety and efficacy have not been established in pediatric patients.
- Sitavig is a Pregnancy Category B product; therefore it should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. It is not known if Sitavig is excreted in breast milk; however, systemic absorption is minimal.
- In a controlled clinical trial Sitavig's most common side effects (greater than or equal to 1%) were: headache (3%), dizziness (1%), lethargy (1%), gingival (gum) pain (1%), aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) (1%), application site pain (1%), application site irritation (1%), erythema (1%) and rash (1%). In the same trial these side effects ranged from 0%-3% for placebo.