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A 21-year-old female asked:

Is a daily l-lysine supplement with the use of valtrex often used for patients suffering from hsv2?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Lysine for herpes: See my previous reply about lysine/arginie diet. Lysine provides no additional benefit beyond either on its own or in addition to anti-HSV drugs like valacyclovir (Valtrex®).
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