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Doctor insights on: Acyclovir Herpes Viruses Agent

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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If i take acyclovir for a year, will it effectively reduce the amount of genital herpes virus in me I have genital herpes and when i got it, my ex-boyfriend didn't have any outbreak or at least i didn't see it. So i'm really worried if i will pass it to m

If i take acyclovir for a year, will it effectively reduce the amount of genital herpes virus in me I have genital herpes and when i got it, my ex-boyfriend didn't have any outbreak or at least i didn't see it. So i'm really worried if i will pass it to m

Unfortunately : Unfortunately the herpes virus will remain dormant in your nerves indefinitely. The twice daily Acyclovir is merely suppressing the virus in order to decrease frequency and duration of outbreaks. The odds of you passing the herpes virus on to your partner is decreased when there are no active lesions, and further decreased while on suppressive therapy. You will have to discuss the risks with him and decide what's right for you as a couple. As far as pregnancy goes, you can try to achieve a pregnancy like anyone else. The issue is during delivery. There are complications that can occur during delivery if an outbreak is present. If you decide to become pregnant your OB or provider will guide you on treatment and delivery options. ...Read more

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Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

Can acyclovir treat vestibular neuritis caused by a virus other than herpes?Is this form of herpes as bad as genital herpes? Is it contagious?

NO: This is a term for what is thought to be a viral induced infection of the balance mechanism of the inner ear. It is not a specific virus is most cases. It is not treated with acyclovir. See your doctor is this problem is occurring or persistent. ...Read more

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I just need a prescription for acyclovir , i have herpes simplex virus 1 one and my doctor gave me a prescription for it with 4 refills and i lost it?

2 options: Your options depend upon what's happened thus far. If you already left your prescription at your pharmacy and lost the medications, just go back to pharmacy for early refill (although insurance may not pay). If you lost actual prescription, call doctor's office for new one. Since acyclovir isn't a controlled substance, I don't foresee an issue. Many docs use electronic prescribing so can't lose it ...Read more

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Can you transmit herpes if you are taking acyclovir everyday?

Can you transmit herpes if you are taking acyclovir everyday?

Reduces risk : Taking low dose suppressive antivirals significantly reduces the risk of transmission of herpes between outbreaks. ...Read more

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Taking acyclovir 400mg. 3 times a day. I Googled and popped up treats hiv why is this when I was told herpes s this an hiv medication???

Not an HIV treatment: You have misunderstood something you have found in your online searching. Acyclovir is indeed one of the main treatments used for herpes (HSV infection). It helps HIV infected people who also have herpes, and there has been research to see if it works against HIV. It doesn't. I'm sure your doctor did not try to mislead you, but ask him or her if you remain uncertain. ...Read more

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Which is best for herpes: acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

Which is best for herpes:  acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir?

All can work: All can work. Some experts feel the newer agents and especially valcyclovir are better, but each can help. The choice depends on several factors - how often someone wants to or can take the med, for example. The main issue is usually cost and whether one or the other is covered by insurance. If not coverage, Acyclovir is much cheaper. ...Read more

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Hi,I suffer from oral herpes.My GP told me acyclovir isn't affective.

Oral herpes: Your GP is not right. Oral acyclovir is a very effective means of preventing episodes of oral herpes in those who have frequent outbreaks. It must be taken every day to prevent these recurrences. It is not particularly effective once you have an outbreak. ...Read more

Acyclovir (Definition)

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus so that the body can fight off the infection. Acyclovir will not cure herpes, but it can lessen the ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more