New drug to tackle virus that causes cold sores

Phenylbutyrate could help treat the virus that causes cold sores

A DRUG that treats a rare enzyme disorder could help treat the herpes virus that causes cold sores.

When the drug – called phenylbutyrate – was used along with acyclovir (a treatment for herpes), the combination cleared the virus, which also causes genital herpes, faster than when either was given alone, a study by the University of Illinois, U.S., found.

The researchers say that as the drug is licensed, it could be available for treating herpes faster.

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