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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

No: It's also used for shingles, oral herpes (cold sores), and herpes that occurs in other areas, such as the anus or skin. ...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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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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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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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

Not really-Antiviral: Well if you look at the definition, Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is a medicine that can inhibit the growth of viruses but the word antibiotic is usually reserved for those that destroy or inhibits the growth of bacteria. "an·ti·bi·ot·ic noun: antibiotic; plural noun: antibiotics a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms ". ...Read more

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) or zovirax better for cold sores?

Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more convenient, because it doesn't have to be taken as frequently. My favorite way to treat cold sores is to have the patient take 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the very first sign of an outbreak, and then 2 grams 12 hours later. That two-dose course will shorten the duration of infection. ...Read more

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How effective is Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

How effective is Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

effective if early: Anri-virals work best if taken when prodrome like tingling occurs. Or of frequent outbreaks then as daily preventative. ...Read more

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Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak is it contagious?

Taking Valtrex for shingles outbreak  is it contagious?

Yes: A person with shingle sheds the same virus that causes chickenpox. You cannot transmit shingle, but if the contact has not had chickenpox or vaccination for chickenpox the contact may get chickenpox. ...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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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. ...Read more

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How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

How is herpes simplex virus infection treated.

Antivirals: Well it depends where your infection is but herpes is treatable with antiviral medication such as acyclovir. It doesn't cure you of the virus, but it does shorten the duration of the attacks. ...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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Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Can ammoxacillin help heal genital herpes outbreaks faster?

Here are some ...: Ordinary antibiotic like amoxacillin will not help heal the outbreak lesions of genital herpes except superimposed celluitis by amoxacillin sensitive bugs but that is very rare. So, don't take amoxacillin for herpex, but using anti-herpes drugs such as ancyclovir (Zovirax), which may shorten herpes course by almost 50% and lessening its recurrence. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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Whst is the next line of treatment for genital herpes if u have an outbreak while on a 10 day regimen of valtrex ?

Whst is the next line of treatment for genital herpes if u have an outbreak while on a 10 day regimen of valtrex ?

Maybe not herpes: It is extremely rare for genital herpes to not respond to valacyclovir (Valtrex). It the drug was just started, it may take a few days for new sores to stop appearing. Otherwise, symptoms not responding to valtrex, or developing while taking the drug, probably are not herpes. Keep taking the drug and check with the doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

Valacyclovir is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Valtrex (Definition)

Valtrex is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more