Addressing Common Oral Ailments: Current and Emerging Treatments for Herpes Labialis, Aphthous Ulcers, and Xerostomia

Pharmacy Times, September 2012 Oncology, Volume 79, Issue 9

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Quantum Health.

Addressing Common Oral Ailments: Current and Emerging Treatments for Herpes Labialis, Aphthous Ulcers, and Xerostomia

Elena Beyzarov, PharmD

Director of Scientific Affairs Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing, Professional Education Plainsboro, New Jersey

Elena Beyzarov, PharmD, has no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose related to this activity.

Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education Planning Staff

Judy V. Lum, MPA, and Ann C. Lichti, CCMEP, have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose related to this activity.

Pharmacy Times Editorial Staff

Jennifer Whartenby and David Allikas have no relevant affiliations or financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose related to this activity.

The peer reviewer of this activity has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose related to this activity.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology and clinical presentation of recurrent herpes labialis (RHL), recurrent aphthous ulcers (RAUs), and xerostomia.
  • Explain the pathophysiology and identify signs and symptoms of RHL, RAUs, and xerostomia.
  • Summarize the nonpharmacologic and preventive strategies for treating of RHL, RAUs, and xerostomia.
  • Describe the various prescription and OTC options for the management of RHL, RAUs, and xerostomia.

Target audience:

Pharmacists

Type of activity:

Knowledge

Original Activity Title:

Current and Emerging Treatments to Quell Cold and Canker Sores

Original Activity Authors:

Jacalyn Neceskas, PharmD, BCPS; Stacie Moore, PharmD; Susan Goodin, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP

Original Dates of Certification:

October 1, 2007, to October 1, 2010

Date of Review:

August 17, 2012. This activity has undergone a content review and was updated to reflect the latest research and clinical developments regarding herpes labialis and aphthous ulcers. A section on xerostomia was also added to the activity.

Initial release date:

September 10, 2012

Planned expiration date:

September 10, 2014

Estimated time to complete activity:

2.5 hours

Fee:

This lesson is free online

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