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A 46-year-old female asked:

Will valtrex (valacyclovir) help lessen the pain and length of my first herpes outbreak?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Maybe: Most studies indicate that, if the medicines are taken early in the course of the outbreak, and they are taken correctly, the length of the outbreak and the level of symptoms can be shortened.
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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 10 years experience
Yes and yes: Valacyclovir can not only lessen the duration of your outbreak, but can suppress further outbreaks. It will still likely be painful, however, the duration of the outbreak will be shortened.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Whst is the next line of treatment for genital herpes if u have an outbreak while on a 10 day regimen of valtrex?
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Last updated Dec 4, 2017

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