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Using daily valtrex (valacyclovir) for herpies2 is there any long term effects and does it damage immune system long term taking valtrex (valacyclovir) daily 1000 mg per day?

Using daily valtrex (valacyclovir) for herpies2 is there any long term effects and does it damage immune system long term taking valtrex (valacyclovir) daily 1000 mg per day?

Very well tolerated: Valacyclovir is one of the safest and best tolerated of all drugs. Side effects are very rare and many patients take it for many years with no problem at all. It has no effect on the immune system. But be aware it doesn't 100% prevent outbreaks, viral shedding, or transmission. You still need to inform partners and use condoms, unless with a partner who is aware and willing to take the risk. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me for example taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily to reduce and STD breakout. what are the long-term effects?

Can you tell me for example taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily to reduce and STD breakout. what are the long-term effects?

None known: Valacyclovir (Valtrex®) is used to suppress gential herpes outbreaks. It is one of the safest drugs known; side effects are extremely rare. Even with many years treatment, you can expect to have no significant problems from it. ...Read more

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Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) long term? Is it damaging to the Kidneys or Liver? I keep having breakouts in my Left eye.

Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) long term? Is it damaging to the Kidneys or Liver? I keep having breakouts in my Left eye.

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Valtrex (valacyclovir) is intended for suppression of the herpes virus.The medicine works best at suppressing outbreaks when kept at a constant level in the body so try and schedule to take your medicine at the same time every day as soon as you feel an outbreak starting. More info see: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14126/valtrex-oral/details#side-effects ...Read more

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How long does it takes for Valtrex (valacyclovir) to start working on the antibodies?

How long does it takes for Valtrex (valacyclovir) to start working on the antibodies?

Never: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is the name of an antibiotic active against herpes family viruses. The antibiotic starts working as soon as it is absorbed. In general, antibiotics help the body's immune system defeat the germ, kind of a "get an advantage" or "catch up." white cells do the real work of fighting infections. Some of them make antibodies while some directly attack the "foreigner.". ...Read more

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How long after takong Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles will they go away? I already took my full doses of 4 pills at 1,000 mgs. I've had shingles for 3 weeks.

How long after takong Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles will they go away? I already took my full doses of 4 pills at 1,000 mgs. I've had shingles for 3 weeks.

Singles treatment: Herpes zoster (shingles) is usually treated for at least a week, sometimes 2 weeks or more. Improvement should begin in 2-3 days, but it can take 10 days or more to heal completely. Clarify your treatment plan with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long are cold sores contagious after taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long are cold sores contagious after taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

As long as sore is : ...Visible. Cold sores are contagious at all stages from the tingling stage to the weeping stage to the scabbing and healing stage. They are most contagious at the weeping stage when fluid comes out. Valtrex (valacyclovir) may shorten the duration of infection, but if the sores are still healing they are contagious. ...Read more

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How long are you on valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles? Have had shingles for 11 days and med is done but itching seems like it's coming back. How much longer?

How long are you on valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles? Have had shingles for 11 days and med is done but itching seems like it's coming back. How much longer?

7: ONE (1) WEEK. Throw away the neosporin. It is useless and a very common cause of allergic reactions. Why cephalexin?? You need a dermatologist. Since your main symptom is itch you probably do not have shingles. Go to a better DR. ...Read more

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After taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a coldsore, how long do i have to wait till I can give oral sex and kiss my man?no sign, just regressing bump inside lip.

After taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a coldsore,
how long do i have to wait till I can give oral sex and kiss my man?no sign, just regressing bump inside lip.

After resolves: Herpes is transmitted when active viral shedding is occurring. There is no easy way to know when that is. A safe bet is to wait until the visible lesion is gone or use better yet use a condom. 80-90% are positive for HSV 1. If he is already positive then transmission is not an issue. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Valtrex (Definition)

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