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How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Everyone isdifferent: If you start the medication right at the first sign of an outbreak(tingling/burning/pain/feverish) you have a better chance of a quick clearing. Usual time frame for the blisters to turn into scabs and then the scabs to heal is 5-12 days. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) bc I tested positive for HSV2 antibodies blood test, but no outbreak — ok 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 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. ...Read more

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I am HIV +, undetect, CD4 865, i also have genital herpes but take Valtrex for it. I had a root canal done and developed sinus infect, bronchitis. Taking 1 week now bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clyndamicyn, poor recovery.

I am HIV +, undetect, CD4 865, i also have genital herpes but take Valtrex for it. I had a root canal done and developed sinus infect, bronchitis. Taking 1 week now bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) clyndamicyn, poor recovery.

Immunosuppressed: Your recovery may be hampered by some medications you take as well as some of your other medical conditions. You should see an infectious disease specialist to ascertain you are taking the proper medications given your complex medical history. ...Read more

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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

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Can a person with genital herpes donate blood or plasma? No outbreaks and currently on Valtrex (valacyclovir)

Yes and no: When it comes to herpes patient donations, the american red cross and fda suggest that blood donations be deferred for one month after an active outbreak of the virus. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with genital herpes 10years ago. I stopped taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for 4months and blood test came back negative. Could I not have herpes?

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 10years ago. I stopped taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for 4months and blood test came back negative. Could I not have herpes?

Unlike love/marriage: Unlike love and marriage, herpes lasts forever. The virus is still present but dormant at the dorsal root ganglion waiting for some future stress or other stimulus to come back "with a vengeance". The Valtrex (valacyclovir) Rx tends to suppress future outbreaks. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Not wise,,,: Although there's no noted contraindication to doing this, it's generally not a good idea to drink alcohol with any drug, especially large amounts of alcohol that can affect the metabolism and concentration of that drug, and increase side effects. Having said that, it's unlikely that a glass of wine or small amount of alcohol would be significant, unless it is a major contraindication for the drug ...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?

Other medications: There are multiple anti-viral medications available nand others can be tried when one does not seem effective. See your doctor if you continue to have symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the chances of giving my partner genital herpes if we use protection and I'm on daily suppressive therapy of Valtrex (valacyclovir) and I have no symptoms?

It's still possible: The CDC says the only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Outbreaks can occur in areas that are not covered by a condom so condoms may not fully protect you from getting herpes. Also, Valtrex (valacyclovir) does not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Herpes infections are contagious and it is possible to infect other people even while you are taking with Valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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My little sister recently came back positive for genital herpes :/ my stepmom seems to think it's a false positive since she's had chickenpox. Is that possible? Should she begin Valtrex (valacyclovir) asap?

Herpes: This is not likely to be a false-positive test, but rather simply that your mother is unwilling to admit that her little girl is sexually active. Whether she should be treated depends upon the recommendation of the doctor seeing her, but this should not be your mom's decision. They could both benefit from your concern and interest. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

I am being tested for genital herpes today, just started valtrex today. My story is complicated though. Started 5 days ago. 1St diagnosed w UTI, then yeast, then told bactrim did not work for uti. Today had another exam & told possible 1st herpes outbreak, a

Sounds like herpes: Typical story for initial genital herpes. I hope your genital sore(s) were tested for HSV by PCR or culture (PCR is best). If positive, make sure the virus is typed, i.e. HSV1 or HSV2, which is very important in predicting future course, need for ongoing Rx, and preventing transmission to partners. If herpes, symptoms should start improving soon on valacyclovir (Valtrex). Get partner(s) checked. ...Read more

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I recently been diagnosed with genital herpes I have a huge open sore on my vaginal lip the doc gave me Valtrex (valacyclovir) but its not helping with the pain i can?

Pain meds: An acute attack of herpes can be very painful, especially with an open sore. Aside from the tenderness of the sore itself, like any sore anywhere on the body, salty urine will burn and sting. Try urinating in the bath and use a blow-dryer rather than toilet paper or a towel to cleanse yourself. Ask your doctor for pain meds. This will pass in about a week and Valtrex (valacyclovir) will help. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more