Cold sores side effects??

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im starting my 4th week on fluoxetine 20mg (once a day) and just got cold sores. small cluster of small blisters. started as itchy lips then the next day the cold sores appeared. anyone else experience this side effect? if so how long into taking the meds did the sores appear?

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    Hi

    Cold sores are not a side effect of taking the meds - cold sores is a virus and is passed by skin / skin contact. Once you have this virus it will last about a week and go away - however now that you have the virus it will lay dormant in your skin and will flare up occasionally. I've had this over 40 years and crops up about once a year. Its a lifelong complaint.

    Causes of flare ups often happen if you're run down, have a cold or even the sunshine can do it.

    They're very painful and highly contagious, so no kissing anyone when the sores are present. Once they're dormant its fine.

    But I suspect somebody has passed this to you. Its definetely not a meds side effect. If you had them before then the flare up is probably due to you being run down.

    K x

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      i was asking because i was doing so research on side effects and sores is sited as a rare side effect. first time with cold sores and thought maybe it was due to the meds. thanks for the info

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