Chemical formula: C₂₂H₄₆O  Molecular mass: 326.6 g/mol  PubChem compound: 12620

Active ingredient description

The exact mechanism of the antiviral activity of docosanol is unknown. In vitro studies indicate that docosanol affects the fusion between the virus and the plasma membrane, which inhibits intracellular uptake and replication of virus. Docosanol has no effect against non-enveloped viruses.

Medicine classification

This medicinal substance has been classified in the anatomical therapeutic chemical (ATC) classification according to its main therapeutic use as follows:

ATC code Group title Classification
D06BB11 Docosanol D Dermatologicals → D06 Antibiotics and chemotherapeutics for dermatological use → D06B Chemotherapeutics for topical use → D06BB Antivirals
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Product monographs

Competent medicine agencies globally have authorized commercialization of this active ingredient according to these medication package inserts (MPIs):

Title Information Source Document Type  
BLISTEX COLD SORE Cream Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (GB) MPI, EU: SmPC

Structural formula

Graphic representation of the active ingredient's molecular structure

External identifiers

CAS Substance: 661-19-8
DrugBank Drug: DB00632
PubChem Compound: 12620
RxNorm Ingredient: 594680
SNOMED-CT Concept: 736813006
Docosanol (substance)
UNII Identifier: 9G1OE216XY


Docosanol is an active ingredient of these brands:

Austria (AT)

Canada (CA)

France (FR)

Poland (PL)

Spain (ES)

Note the following: The list of brand names is continuously updated, and thus does not include the total of products circulating worldwide.

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