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A 46-year-old male asked:

How safe and effective is it to use valtrex (valacyclovir) daily for hsv-1?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Herpes simplex: Very safe, and effectiveness varies with the individual, depending of course on what you are expecting. This may help to minimize the frequency and severity of outbreaks if they were previously severe, but this is not curative by any stretch of the imagination, and you may continue to have outbreaks despite the acyclovir. Good luck.
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Minneapolis, MN
A 46-year-old male asked:

Valtrex (valacyclovir) for daily use in treating hsv-1? Save and effective?

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
Prophylaxis: The daily use has been with the idea of decreasing exacerbations and passing on the virus to the sexual partner. It is not without side effects and you should see your doctor at scheduled bases for evaluations and blood tests and report to doctor if there are bleeding, bruises, jaundice or other major manifestations.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
I have hsv2 my bf has genital hsv1 we are both on valtrex (valacyclovir). If we have unprotected sex and we get the other HSV would we have initial outbreaks again?
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Last updated Dec 19, 2013

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