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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Inappropriate: You could prescribe it for many things, but the only agent against which it is likely to be effective is herpes simplex. ...Read more

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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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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Will antiviral medication be effective in treating my herpes outbreaks?

Will antiviral medication be effective in treating my herpes outbreaks?

Yes: Oral antiviral medications are helpful in preventing or clearing up herpes sores. Topical antiviral creams are somewhat helpful but not as helpful as oral medications. To treat an outbreak, one should start the medication as soon as possible to get the best effect. ...Read more

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Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

Are tamiflu and relenza (zanamivir) effective antiviral drugs?

When used properly.: Their usefulness is limited to influenza (real flu, not "flu-like illness") if used in the first 48 hours of the illness. ...Read more

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Can taking medication like acyclovir affect the herpes IgG test?

Can taking medication like acyclovir affect the herpes IgG test?

No: The igg is your immune response and will remain positive and indicate old exposure. Acyclovir and other antivirals do not affect it, they treat flare ups. ...Read more

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Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Is famvir (famciclovir) effective for cold sores?

Yes: If taken at first sign of outbreak at adaquate dosing(1500mgm as single dose) should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Oral herpes simplex virus: does carmex work?

Not really: You really need an antiviral cream or oral medication to be most effective. Over the counter abreva is better than carmex. ...Read more

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Herpes (hsv 1) treatment doubts! (taking peroxide and acyclovir), are these helpful?

Acyclovir (Zovirax): Is an antiviral medication that can be used to decrease symptoms from oral or genital herpes simplex, shingles or chickenpox. Peroxide is not likely to help. ...Read more

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Acyclovir (zovirax) side effects for shingles?

Acyclovir (zovirax) side effects for shingles?

Almost none.: There is no significnat side effect(s) to talk about. It is safe so that at one time it's been considered to be categorized as otc medicine. ...Read more

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Is capsaicin useful to treat genital herpes outbreaks?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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Is capsaicin useful to treat genital herpes outbreaks?

Not recommended: Indications for capsaicin include both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain, pain associated with inflammatory joint disease and perhaps some painful muscle conditions. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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How good are antiviral medications at treating viral infections?

How good are antiviral medications at treating viral infections?

...: I was not able to find any information about viralcide online other than a few mentions in some blogs. Perhaps it has another name? Or is no longer available as a supplement? ...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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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work on flu/viruses?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) work on flu/viruses?

Not flu: Valacyclovir (valtrex) only works on certain herpes viruses (mainly herpes simplex and varicella zoster). It has no activity against influenza (flu) virus or other respiratory viruses. ...Read more

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Aside from acyclovir, what are other recomended cheap anti viral oral mdicine to cure herpes zoster?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Aside from acyclovir, what are other recomended cheap anti viral oral mdicine to cure herpes zoster?

Go see your doctor: What's available depends upon where you live. Given that you're in philippines, you'll need to ask your doc since i'm only familiar w/those drugs available here in the states: acyclovir, Famciclovir & valacyclovir. Check out http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2000/0415/p2437.Html for more info. You want to start one of these within 72hrs of noticing rash. Post-herpetic neuralgia is complication of shingles. ...Read more

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Are antiviral medications successful in fighting herpes induced encephalitis?

Hopefully yes: Critical is an early diagnosis and immediate use of such drugs. Outcomes these days are far better with modern treatment, but as noted, time is of the essence. ...Read more

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Antiviral (Definition)

An antiviral is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills viruses. The viruses are usually causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antivirals to help his body get ...Read more