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using valtrex for cold sores

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Generic equivalent: Valacyclovir is the generic equivalent of Valtrex (valacyclovir). Same thing

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience Dentistry
Very good: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is very effective for cold sores, although i typically prefer zovirax just because it's cheaper.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dave Burns
45 years experience Dentistry
Time: Any topical cream for cold sores helps with the pain however only time allows them to heal.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Valacyclovir: OK....thats not the right dose. For cold sores (herpes type 1 AND 2)..the dose of Valtrex (valacyclovir) is 2grams by mouth in the morning and then a ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There are medicated: Forms of blistex designed for use with cold sores.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Neither: One med may not necessarily be better than the other. These are both antiviral medications of the same family. Kind of like the antibiotics Amoxicilli ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip S Steinfeld
60 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If taken at first sign of outbreak at adaquate dosing(1500mgm as single dose) should be sufficient.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Terry
28 years experience Dentistry
Be Careful: It is important to know that "cold sores" are caused by a virus called the Herpes virus. They are easily spread from one person to another. A canker s ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
They are both: antiviral medications. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex which is a virus.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Don't use any one: Else's medications. New abreva should not cause a cold sore but hopefully will help it.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Acyclovir treats the herpes virus effectively.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes But: Do not play with it or it will get bigger, do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. H ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick Debnath
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
As long as sore is : ...Visible. Cold sores are contagious at all stages from the tingling stage to the weeping stage to the scabbing and healing stage. They are most cont ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Ruden
37 years experience Dentistry
Zovirax (acyclovir): Zovirax (acyclovir) is more effective but laser treatment will help to immediately relieve the pain and heal the sore quickly.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Have you considered: Seeing your physician for antiviral medications?
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sleep : Getting plenty of sleep and decreasing your stress will help fend off a cold sore outbreak. Also getting plenty of exercise, eating well and avoiding ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
Cold Sores: You can use steroid cream to lesions because it is anti-inflammatory.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerry Casale
37 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Zovirax (acyclovir) is commonly used follow your drs instructions and remember it works best when started as early as possible whicheans when you firs ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Abreva: It is designed for that purpose.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold sore: Acyclovir is a drug used to treat herpes virus infections. Many cold sores are caused by herpes virus and will respond to such treatment. However, n ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: Just wash hands after applying it to be extra safe, but this drug is known to be safe when breastfeeding even if taken internally. We use it in babies ... Read More
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