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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

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


Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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How likely is it I will pass the herpes 2 virus if I'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

How likely is it I will pass the herpes 2 virus if I'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

Very low, approach 0: Very unlikely, as you are doing everything possible to prevent transmission. Get lots of rest as viral outbreaks are tied to immune system and immune system becomes more vulnerable when we're tired and sleep deprived, but, honestly, you're doing everything right.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I have gential herpes & I'm taking valtrex (valacyclovir).I went to a dentist and he prescribed amoclan 1g & rapidus 50mg in another country. Are they okay together?

I have gential herpes & I'm taking valtrex (valacyclovir).I went to a dentist and he prescribed amoclan 1g & rapidus 50mg in another country. Are they okay together?

Drug interaction: Amoclam (amoxicillin/clavulanate) and rapidus (diclofenac) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. A this medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Neither should interfere with valacyclovir.

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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Greenleaf
Gynecology
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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The blood and urine tests confirmed that I don't have herpes but I still have a lesion on my vulva. The doc prescribed valtrex (valacyclovir). Y?

The blood and urine tests confirmed that I don't have herpes but I still have a lesion on my vulva. The doc prescribed valtrex (valacyclovir). Y?

Mind reader: Unfortunately, I can't tell you what your doctor is thinking. It is possible if you have a new onset herpes infection that the blood tests will not come back positive yet. Also tests are not perfect and can miss things, so maybe your doctor is treating just in case. However, there are other conditions that can cause lesions on your vulva. If it does not go away see a gyn or dermatologist

Dr. James Seward Dr. Seward
Dermatology
18 years in practice
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I have had a fever blister for 2 months will not go away! I have had 2 rounds of valtrex, alcivior now taking topical ointment, not sure why he prescribed one for antifungus nitrate cream, also I have type 1 herpes. And have used countless over the coun

I have had a fever blister for 2 months will not go away! I have had 2 rounds of valtrex, alcivior now taking topical ointment, not sure why he prescribed one for antifungus nitrate cream, also I have type 1 herpes. And have used countless over the coun

I: I would question whether this is a fever blister given that it has been present for 2 months. Perhaps it is a condition called perleche? I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can examine the area, possible perform a bacterial or viral culture, and give a recommendation. I hope that helps.

Dr. David Lipkin Dr. Lipkin
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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I ve a lesion inside my spinal cord at c7 can't biopsy due to paralysing me and l test positive for ebv virus in my spinal cord fluid. I'm on Targin endone celebrex valtrex l need a diagnosis and how to treat it please as all Drs so far don't know?

I ve a lesion inside my spinal cord at c7 can't biopsy due to paralysing me and l test positive for ebv virus in my spinal cord fluid. I'm on Targin endone celebrex valtrex l need a diagnosis and how to treat it please as all Drs so far don't know?

Consultation advised: Sorry to learn of your problem. An INBOX Text consultation here at Health Tap may be helpful. You would need to give a complete medical history and upload any pertinent studies or reports. Be available to respond to followup questions from the physician. Another option if to submit your case to CrowdMed at http://bit. Ly/1QHSTqT Best wishes.

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Dr. Carrie Cannon Dr. Cannon
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak - ok to to take even if I may not really have genital herpes?

Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak - ok to to take even if I may not really have genital herpes?

It depends: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is to prevent outbreaks to protect you from them and your sex partner. You may still be infectious even when there are no symptoms of an outbreak yet. If you have been monogamous, the same sex partner, it may not be necessary to take it. Have them tested and discuss with your doctor. If you are abstinent, no, you don't need to take it, realizing you could have an outbreak.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Doctors assistant said the bump on my vagina looks like herpes and prescribed valtrex. They gave me azithromycin in case of STD but it helped the bump?

Doctors assistant said the bump on my vagina looks like herpes and prescribed valtrex. They gave me azithromycin in case of STD but it helped the bump?

STD testing?: I hope STD testing was done to so that an accurate Rx can be given. The use of antibiotics should be given if there are specific indications for the same. The CDC is very concerned that we are running out of antibiotics for clinical use due to resistance and inappropriate prescribing. Check back with your MD to see if STD testing has been completed and what was the result.

Dr. Clarence Lyons Dr. Lyons
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Charmoy Dr. Charmoy
Dentistry
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) stop herpes meningitis from occuring?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) stop herpes meningitis from occuring?

Very rare: Herpes meningitis is very rare but if the herpes virus was caught and controlled right at the beginning it would make sense from a medical stand point that if and that's a big it meningitis was to occur the herpes would have been resolved. But again this is rare.

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Should I ask for Valtrex (valacyclovir) before a blood test comes back for herpes?

Maybe: Herpes is usually diagnosed and treated based on the appearance of the lesion. The blood test doesn't tell you whether a lesion is due to herpes. It only tells you whether you have herpes in your body. If you wait for the result to come back, it will be too late to benefit from treatment for that episode.

Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener Dr. Bronfenbrener
Dermatology
5 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Will Valtrex (valacyclovir) help lessen the pain and length of my first herpes outbreak?

Yes and yes: Valacyclovir can not only lessen the duration of your outbreak, but can suppress further outbreaks. It will still likely be painful, however, the duration of the outbreak will be shortened.

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain Dr. Hossain
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Similar: Both are anti-viral medications made by different companies. For the most part, they work equally well. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is advantageous in that you need to take it less often.

Dr. Shalabh Bansal Dr. Bansal
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Pregnant with herpes. Having really bad outbreaks. Taking two Valtrex (valacyclovir) a day and its not helping! What can I do?

Pregnancy Herpes: Please speak to your obstetrician about pregnancy/delivery plans if having bad herpes outbreaks while on valtrex (valacyclovir).

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How can reduce transmission of herpes to my bf? I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use latex condoms but there is still risk : (

How can reduce transmission of herpes to my bf? I am on Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use latex condoms but there is still risk : (

Low risk: By being on Valtrex (valacyclovir) and using condoms, you're greatly lowering the risk. You can't do much more than that short of abstinence. Keep in mind that he could already have been infected, even if he has no outbreaks. The only way to find out would be with an hsv-2 antibody test. But since you're already taking valtrex, (valacyclovir) I'm not sure the information would help.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Hello I have had herpes for 34 years and have only passed to my boyfriend 30 years ago I am on Valtrex can I pass from Menopause spotting?

Hello I have had herpes for 34 years and have only passed to my boyfriend 30 years ago I am on Valtrex can I pass from Menopause spotting?

Yes: You can pass herpes with or without spotting. You can pass it with or without any open lesions on your genitals. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: https://www. Cdc. Gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes. Htm For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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