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A 41-year-old female asked:

what do you take for herpes?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is probably the best anti-viral medication for herpes, as it is taken twice a day, as compared to other medications that need to be taken 3-5x per day. It will help to suppress the viral shedding and make it less likely that you will pass the virus to your sexual partner. You should still avoid contact while having an outbreak in any event.
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Herpes drugs: Acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir.

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A 41-year-old female asked:

What medication do you take for herpes?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is probably the best anti-viral medication for herpes, as it is taken twice a day, as compared to other medications that need to be taken 3-5x per day. It will help to suppress the viral shedding and make it less likely that you will pass the virus to your sexual partner. You should still avoid contact while having an outbreak in any event.
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Should i take my medication for just one herpes blister?

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Gynecology 37 years experience
Up to you: Its not essential that you treat an out break. As you know the medicine will not cure the infection. It could shorten the duration of symptoms though.
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