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hopeforus
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Oct-17-08, 06:01 PM (CST)
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"Question about Valtrex"
 
   Hi,

I have GHSV1. I've only ever had two outbreaks: the initial one, which was rather painful with about 7 or so sores, and one years later that was barely noticeable. Both times, I took Valtrex as prescribed by my doctor.

The thing is, I don't really think it worked. It didn't seem to make the sores clear up faster at all (they lasted about a week to a week and a half) and it certainly didn't help with pain or healing or anything.

So I'm wondering, how quickly does valtrex work for you? Do you have success with it? I'm thinking maybe I should ask for another med the next time I have an OB, but they are very few and far between, so that might not be for a while.

Anyways, any advice is much appreciated


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windyadmin
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Oct-17-08, 08:43 PM (CST)
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1. "RE: Question about Valtrex"
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The trick to getting antivirals to work well is to start taking them as soon as you notice that an outbreak is starting. Whatever med you ask for, you should have it in hand before you need it.



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dagger23
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May-29-17, 08:51 AM (CST)
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2. "RE: Question about Valtrex"
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   I've been using Valtrex for suppression and have not had an outbreak in 1.5 years using it. It's a life saver. Hoping to take it daily for the rest of my life. If anyone has been taking it daily for suppression please chime in, I wanted to know if it has effected anyone in a bad way. I did read one review for Valtrex where someone was using it daily as a suppression for 14 years and it worked and he didn't have an outbreak once but he ended getting allergic reaction and had to stop using it. What a bummer! But yes Valtrex is a life saver.


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Rajahadmin
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3. "Suppressive famvir / famcyclovir"
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I've had very good results with famvir suppressively, Nick. I've been using it for over 10 years that way. Back when I was first infected in '95, acyclovir helped, but didn't quite give me complete relief when used episodically. Famvir was new then and when my doctor gave me that, the outbreaks were very well controlled and with less frequent dosage. Later on, I switched to using it suppressively as protection for my HSV- wife. Almost 20 years later, she is still not infected.

Overall, the herpes antivirals have a very good safety record and few adverse effects have been noted. Disregard the warnings that are no the alternative remedy sites, it's a scare tactic on their part to keep folks from getting a truly effective treatment so they will try their snake oil.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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