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Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more
Probably: If it is nearly cleared leave it alone. ...Read more
What anti viral medication is used to prevent someone from getting herpes if he feel he has been exposed?
Does anti viral medication prevent you from getting herpes or does it just prevent symptom from accruing if you already have it?
Might work, but...: The 3 main antiviral drugs active against herpes (acyclocir, valacyclovir, famciclovir) can speed healing of herpes, especially the first infection and sometimes recurrent outbreaks; and reduce (but not eliminate) outbreaks and transmission to partners. They might prevent it if exposed, but only if taken before exposure; from animal studies, even an hour after exposure to the virus is too late. ...Read more
I have herpes 1 (oral) And my girlfriend doesn't have it. I want to kiss her but I'm scared I will give it to her. She knows I have it. Does anti viral medication help so she can't get it from? And how much does it help?
No kissing if active: If and when you have active herpes 1 lesions you should avoid kissing. You might need to take antiviral medicine as soon as you have signs of recurrence. Chance of spreading herpes 1 when you don't have active lesions is very slim but can happen. If you get frequent episodes of herpes then you might need to be on daily dose of antiviral medicine for a long term. Kissing would be safe then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'll try: I will be glad to work on it during my spare time. Better not hold your breath waiting...I don't have a lot of spare time. It's a good idea, but it would have to go through a lot of testing before it became fda approved. That means it would be very expensive to produce and market. ...Read more
No: That is something to suggest that they have some saving grace. They do not and are not. ...Read more
How easy is it to pass herpes from a woman to man? And what about if both are on anti viral medication?
Herpes Newest INFO: Gender has nothing to do with this. Herpes viruses do not discriminate. So here is what we know: a person with hsv 2, the 'genital' form of herpes can shed virus irregularly and without sores. Medication can lower this risk by 50% but not more than that. A person who already has hsv 2 cannot get it again. The same goes for the hsv 1, the simplex virus. I am unsure why you are both on meds. ...Read more
I have herpes and have been prescribed anti viral medication to take everyday, however at the moment I have an aggressive flare up will these work?
Increase the dose: Assuming acyclovir or valacyclovir for suppression, during an outbreak you should increase the dose for a few days. Check with the doctor or clinic who prescribed it for the exact dose and duration. You can also ask if you should take a higher dose for ongoing treatment. For example, 1 g valacyclovir daily sometimes is more effective than 500 mg, especially if outbreaks are fairly frequent. ...Read more
Antiviral medicatios: In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms of FLU to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. There are over 100 cold viruses that may mutate often. Colds are usually not severe. ...Read more
Are there any anti viral medications which are effective against established cases of squamous papilloma?
Hpv: There are meds that affect the manifestations of the virus (ie, the papillomas) but it takes the patient's body to get rid of the virus. Imiquimod is an immune modulator that is very effective. Both tri- and bi-choroacetic acid can destroy visible lesions also but have no affect on the virus. ...Read more
How soon can I go back to work after contracting chickenpox? I received anti-viral medication for my chickenpox three days ago. How long do I have to wait to go back to work and not be infectious?
Depends: The contagious period is likely lessened by antivirals but we have no clear guidelines for their benefits. The contagious period of chickenpox is considered from 1-2 days before the spots appear until the last one has crusted over, or 7 days from the first spot, whichever is later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu medication: The antiviral drugs available are amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. The influenza virus has been shown to be resistant to the first two. Although a growing resistance has also been observed to the third, it is still safe to use in the form of a pill to be taken by mouth. The last drug is in inhaler form. ...Read more
Since valacyclovir is an anti-viral medication will taking it help ward off viral illnesses such as colds etc?
I had the shingles rash (3/29) began anti-viral. I had incredible pain for 1 1/2 weeks. I am having pain in the same location. Could it be back?
PHN: If you experience intense pain along the location you recently had singles, it's unlikely to be from another shingles outbreak. This is more likely from post-herpetic neuralgia, a painful condition involving the recently shingled nerve(s). The pain can last weeks to months. Good news is both topical & oral medications are available for treatment of phn. Recommend a shingles vaccine also. ...Read more
Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?
Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents..Coming soon. ...Read more
Can i take 50 mg of Vyvance with my anti viral medicine for my cold sores and excedrin in the same day? Is it dangerous to mix these drugs?
Pharmacy question: The real answer is your pharmacy can cross check it's data base for drug/drug interactions. Vyvanse is a well tolerated drug and is most probably safe with your other medications but you need to get your pharmacy to do their homework. Their data base is best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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