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Can I Take Valacyclovir For A Cold
Not helpful: Antibiotics are primarily for bacterial infections. A cold is typically viral. However, you can get a secondary infection like sinusitis or bronchitis in which antibiotics would be helpful. This usually occurs after prolonged cold symptoms, congestion or other complications and is characterized by fever, sinus pain, green/yellow discharge and lack of resolution of symptoms. ...Read more
Most OTC cold meds: For normal healthy people, over-the-counter medicines for colds are ok, as long as one follows the labels' instructions, and is not using more than one medicine of each type. Fever/pain reducers include Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin. Cough meds include Robitussin (some people use DM, some avoid it). Decongestant/antihistamine combinations include Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D, Benadryl +/- phenylephrine, Sudafed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Drug interactions: Pretty much all the ingredients in the over the counter cold medications have some interaction with Dilantin and/or tegretol, including increased liver toxigscity (from acetaminophen) and increased sedation. I would suggest you discuss the problem with your family doctor. Also, look at medlineplus.Gov (the national library of medicine patient education site) choosing drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I take lysine for my chronic cold sores? If so, as treatment or to prevent? Dosage? Currently take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use Abreva.
Pay attention: Abreva does very little, not worth the money. l-Lysine is an old scam: it did nothing 40 years ago and it does nothing now. Simple understanding of biochemistry of amino acids is enough to dispel this silly scam. See a dermatologist. Are you sure it is herpes? Valacyclovir can be helpful if dosed properly and is safe. Usual dose is 2gram at very first prodromal symptoms of each attack. Sometimes d ...Read more
I have a toothache and a cold. I've taken Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold and flu can I also take levodloxacin?
Azithromycin & URI?!: Colds are viral. Azithromycin is an antibiotic. Taking an antibiotic will not treat a cold. Please do not use an antibiotic unless it is prescribed to you for a bacterial infection. If you think you have more than a cold, please see your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few days: In a few days if it works. (sometimes, not working at all). ...Read more
I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily for ghsv1and apply acyclovir a couple times a week. I don't have any outbreaks but sex is painful for me and I get sore. Advice?
Prescriptions: I would let your dentist know and typically pain meds and antibiotics are rxed. Over the counter advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) will also hold you over. There are no meds that will "cure" a typical toothache. For a long term solution, see your dentist. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Your dr can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
USUAL DOSE2grm twice: The usual dose for cold sore is 200 mgm twice a day for one day, and to be given when you feel the cold sore is starting at the earliest stage to be effective. According to latest studies that will shorten the course and clear the cold sore fast. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I usually get a cold sore after I have a cold is there any vitamins I should take daily to prevent this? Or a prescription I should be on?
Many antipyretics: Tylenol(acetaminophen), motrin(ibuprofen), aleve(naproxen), and Aspirin are considered antipyretics--fever-reducing medications. In the recommended dosage, Acetaminophen is probably considered safest. Fever is cause by many infections, diseases, and even medications. So, if it is too high or lasting too long, consult your doc. Keep good hydration as fever causes additional fluid loss. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Resolves on own: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
I take 7.5 mgs. Of Meloxicam? What can I take OTC for cold and sinus? Can I continue my Clarentin?
Maybe increase dose: Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is quite effective in reducing the frequency of herpes outbreaks, but not perfect; many people still have outbreaks but at reduced frequency. If that's what's happening, ask your doctor about doubling the dose. The usual dose dose is 500 mg once daily, but 1 g daily often helps and i's harmless (except increased cost). Good luck! ...Read more
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