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Should I be worried about future problems because I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday? I take 500 every 12 hours. Thanks
No Worries: There is no know problems with taking maintenance valtrex (valacyclovir). It would be worse not to take it as maintenance and have reoccurring breakouts that can cause increase risk of transmission. I am not sure what the exact diagnosis is that you are taking this for, but it is wise to stay suppressed from breakouts. ...Read more
I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day, twice if I feel anything off. Why am I still getting outbreaks & what can I do to stop them?
Yes: According to the package insert, there are no drug interactions. ...Read more
Do I have to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day or just when prodrome symptoms arise? I have ghsv1.
Depends...: It all depends on how you were instructed to do so. If your outbreaks are only occasional and you are referring to the oral herpes (or commonly known as cold sores) then you can take when you get symptoms. However, if you are getting them too often and your doctor prescribed it for prevention then take it every day. If that is the case you might need a higher dose when you get sores appearing again. ...Read more
If you are not having any symptoms of herpes do you have to continue to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday?
Valtrex (valacyclovir): You are on suppressive tx. If you discontinue it could come back. ...Read more
My partner has herpes, I don't. He's on valtrex (valacyclovir). Can I also take Valtrex (valacyclovir) to minimize risk? Is there a possibility it would make a difference?
Complicated: First, it is not likely that if your partner has this that you do not. You may simply have not developed symptomatic disease, but you can only tell by testing. Yes, you can take oral forms of acyclovir, but whether this will prevent you from becoming infected is unclear. Your partner's taking Acyclovir may reduce the risk to you. ...Read more
Your IVF specialist: Will be the final answer on this, but if you were my patient I would probably say it's ok. Valacyclovir/Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been assigned Pregnancy Risk Category B: No risk in non-human studies such as animal reproduction studies. In general, I believe it is safe to take a medication during IVF if it is safe to take during pregnancy. There is no theoretical reason Valtrex (valacyclovir) should interfere with conception. ...Read more
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 more
Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) while taking clomid? Would Valtrex (valacyclovir) cause Clomid not to work?
Fine together: There should be no interaction between those two medications. Good luck! ...Read more
I've been taling 1000mg for 2 days now. Can I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 2000mg twice a day for one day to bring the swelling down faster on my coldsores?
Overdoing medicine: The common human thought that "more is better' is not to be used when it comes to medications. The dose is the safe dose and over doing it can bring on side effects and unwanted problems. While valacyclovir is a safe medication it is not shown that over doing the dosing will help speed up healing. ...Read more
I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily. I have no other health issues. My doc will not re-fill my script unless I see him every 6 months. I feel like a hostage. Legal?
One year, maybe: In my state, I believe we are held to a one year rule. We are not supposed to continue prescribing medications without an annual exam with an updated history, physical, and vitals. It may be different in every state. ...Read more
Yes: You can take these and attend the meeting No one will know except if you have lesions on an exposed place like your face. In that case you will have to decide if you want the infection known, as people are likely to ask. ...Read more
Woman I am involved with has herpes over 20 years, takes valtrex (valacyclovir). How safe are we if we start having sex?
Risk exists: You can transmit herpes via sex even if your partner is not actively shedding or has active lesions. While Valtrex (valacyclovir) can prevent outbreaks from herpes lesions, it in itself is not a cure and only a drug to suppress outbreaks. Condoms can drastically reduce but not entirely eliminate the risk of transmission. ...Read more
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Can I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a herpes outbreak while pregnant? This is not my first outbreak I have had this for 6 years with 1 to 2 outbreaks per year.
Yes: This is considered a category b drug, meaning no human studies have shown any adverse on the developing fetus. ...Read more
I get fevet blidters break out a lot in my mouth I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) help some but what can else can I do to prevent them from coming?
Need to take VALTREX (valacyclovir): Either 500 mg or 1000mg each day to prevent the outbreaks please discuss with gyn. ...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?
I'm a female was told that I was expose to HSV 1 & 2 by IgG blood test I have no signs nor symptoms my partner doesn't have it can I still take valtrex (valacyclovir)?
Yes: But why? If you've never had lesions u may go a lifetime w/o developing these. Most adults have been infected by and are carriers of herpes simplex. Once in your body it is permanent. There is no need for Acyclovir unless to limit the frequency of outbreaks or to treat an acute outbreak. Your husband has already been exposed to you or had it prior. Check his antibody. ...Read more
Family history of depression=10% chance of depression. Side effect of valtrex (valacyclovir)=7% of the same. Assume 17% chance of depression if I take valtrex (valacyclovir)?
No: One can only make such an assumption if one has certainty that his chances depression in his PERSONAL case is indeed those numbers (very hard to prove), and also that such numbers would be additive. Thus, one cannot make such assumptions... it's too much of a generalization. Realize that even if there is a 10% risk, you may actually be a member of the other 90% who never get the affliction. ...Read more
Should I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily to prevent possible future outbreaks and transmission even if genital hsv1 is considered very mild?
Depends: There is significant variability on who suppressive therapy for HSV may be instituted. But usually the choice to start a daily medication for suppressive purposes is based on the frequency of outbreaks and severity. So this should be a shared decision between you and your healthcare provider. Hopefully this helps. ...Read more
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