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A 25-year-old female asked:

im on valtrex, (valacyclovir) 1gram, as well as suppressive therapy and get more than 9 outbreaks per year? at least 3 per month. what can cause this?

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Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
BHT: Try adding BHT (Butylated Hydroxy Toluene). It's the safest, cheapest, most effective anti-herpetic substance there is. You can buy it in some health food stores or on-line. The dose for active lesions is 2,000-3000 mg per day. Start at first sign of onset. May cause harmless dizziness, so spread the dose throughout the day. No alcohol when on BHT! (It blocks alcohol dehydrogenase)

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does valacyclovir take to work?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 71 years experience
Valacyclovir TO WORK: How long does it take valacyclovir to work? For what? Cold sores? Genital herpes? Shingles (herpes zoster)? It varies with the disease, with the length of time you had it, and how severe it is. Ask your dermatologist.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are some side effects of valtrex, (valacyclovir) because when I take it it gives me headaches?

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Dr. PRADIP SHAH
Infectious Disease 41 years experience
NO: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is well tolerated med.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What would happenif you take an expired valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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Dr. Clifford Marks
Dentistry 35 years experience
Probably nothing: All medicines degrade with time. Just cause it expired doesn't mean its poisonous. Just won't work as well as unexpired medicine. Actually, it really depends on how old the medicine is. If its relatively soon after the expiration date, i'm sure its still good. All bets are off its over a year past.
A 27-year-old female asked:

How long does it take valtrax to clear up an outbreak?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
How early u started?: For a typical sore outbreak, it lasts 10-14 days w/o treatment. If you start medication at the very early onset (some feels/knows before it comes to the skin) it may not even come through the skin, but unfortunately it often does come out despite treatment and may crust over in 3-5 days rather than 10-14 days w/o treatment. If frequent outbreak, consult doc for suppressive therapy. Good luck.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is Valtrex (valacyclovir) used for?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Valacyclovir: This is an antiviral compound effective against herpes simplex. It inhibits clinical symptoms, and prolongs the duration of time between outbreaks, but is not curative, since this organism, like squatters, roaches, and rats, cannot be gotten rid of.

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