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Valtrex Causes More Outbreaks
Can taking 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily cause more outbreaks if you decide to not take it anymore?
Are side effects from Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1gm common? I'm scared to take it because of the listed side effects. My outbreak is not going away on its own
Side effects rare: Side effects are very rare from valacyclovir. Those listed were reported by people in early research studies, but they occurred no more commonly in people taking the drug compared with those on placebo. In my 40+ years treating herpes patients, I've never seen anyone with a valacyclovir side effect. But if your outbreak is already clearing up, valacyclovir won't help anyway. ...Read more
How will I know if I'm having a ghsv1 outbreak on daily Valtrex (valacyclovir)? Won't it get rid of or greatly lessen symptoms?
Sure: Valtrex (valacyclovir) decreases the severity of symptoms. It is not a cure for herpes which is a lifelong illness. It is possible for a particular outbreak to get worse. The outbreaks can also get infected with bacteria as well. If it seems to be getting worse than schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor ...Read more
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
How effective is Valtrex (valacyclovir) for hsv? What's the update regarding the disease? Any home remedies once an outbreak is shown either for HSV 1 or HSV 2? Thnx
Very effective, yes:
Valtrex (valacyclovir) is very effective for treating hsv outbreaks but, like all rx's, is not a cure. Some people with hsv almost never get outbreaks, some get them frequently- the most important factor is your immunity. Healthy diet, stress reduction, a good mulitvitamin & immune-boosting herbs like andrographis &medicinal mushrooms like reishi can help.
My favorite home remedy is lemon balm.
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I have HSV1 genitally. I had an outbreak (2 sores). I'mtaking valtrex. Day 1 to 7, I took 1g twice a day. Day 8-14, I took 1g three times daily. Day13 I dropped down to 1g daily. It's now Day14. I only have a small mark left. Am I still contagious?
Unless still an "open" lesion (fluid containing) and with the anti-virals you have taken it makes it unlikely that you can transmit...however USE PROTECTION until ALL EVIDENCE of the infection is gone!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
How long should I wait after a herpes outbreak to have sex with my boyfriend? I took 1000mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) twice/day during outbreak and 500mg thereafter.
Once on Valtrex (valacyclovir) in first 48 hours of shingles outbreak should the rash stop spreading? 4 days on meds & it'd cont to spread. Entire left trunk covered
My immune system has been down, I've been battling bronchitis & then a head cold for almost 2 months. I'm feeling better. Got an outbreak, started valtrex 5 days ago. Now I have another outbreak! Is this normal? In 20 years this has never happened. I'm ta
Outbreak of what?: Your question wasn't clear and got truncated, but if you're taking valtrex (valacyclovir) for suppression of herpes of any sort, it needs several months on the right dose to achieve a good result, moreover you need to test your blood count while on the medicine for protracted periods, confer with the doctor who prescribed you the medicine or get a virtual consult on HealthTap, wish you wellness ...Read more
Just found out I have hsv1 but I get no outbreak. Should I take medication? The doctor said if you do get one she will prescribe me Valtrex (valacyclovir)
How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?
Can you have another HSV outbreak in the middle of your first week of Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment? I have white head like bumps that showed up overnight
Possible: If you are taking the Valtrex (valacyclovir) to prevent out breaks it is possible to have one while on the medicine. It decreases the risk but doesn't always prevent an outbreak. You may need a higher dose. If you are using it to treat an out break, It is unlikely that you would have an outbreak clear up this fast and get another. Talk to your doctor. This may well be something else. ...Read more
If I shared a straw with someone who has had a recent cold sore outbreak, can I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) as prophylaxis? If so, what dosage would be appropriate?
I'm in the middle of an HSV outbreak on perianal area. I have Valtrex (valacyclovir) but the healing is sticking my bum together and it's raw. Any advice to help?
Vegetable shortening: While the valtex fights the virus, you can use vegetable shortening which is cheap and very hypoallergenic on the ulcers to keep air and urine from getting to them and keep the skin surfaces apart. This should help with the pain while you are healing. The GYN oncologists here actually use this after vulvar proceedures that leave large ares of raw tissue. Hope you feel better fast. ...Read more
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
Would Valtrex (valacyclovir) work now? I feel like I have been having an outbreak on my face for 3 months after fellatio. Itches and burns but looks like acne.
If I took valtrex (valacyclovir) to avoid a primary outbreak of cold sores (never had one before) and never got a sore can I have passed it on by kissing a cheek?
Not likely: If you have never had a cold sore, then it is unlikely that you could pass this on. Even with a cold sore in your history just kissing a cheek is unlikely to pass it on. ...Read more
I have hsv2 4/mo, no 2nd outbreak, daily valtrex (valacyclovir). I have rash on my arm that looks like herpes: a cluster of small white bumps. Should I be worried?
Could be herpes: Zoster or something else, please see your doc tomorrow. ...Read more
Chronic shingles & taking 7 day Valtrex (valacyclovir) pack. 5th outbreak, four days in to meds, legs so stiff & hurt hard walking. Lactic acid? 1 gram 3x day/7 da
Recurrent Shingles: Recurrent shingles results from deficits in cell-mediated immunity, the same problem that people with aids have, and, sometimes, inability to make sufficient antibodies. The two processes are usually linked because antibody production depends on communication between t-cells and b-cells of the immune system. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
How early u started?: For a typical sore outbreak, it lasts 10-14 days w/o treatment. If you start medication at the very early onset (some feels/knows before it comes to the skin) it may not even come through the skin, but unfortunately it often does come out despite treatment and may crust over in 3-5 days rather than 10-14 days w/o treatment. If frequent outbreak, consult doc for suppressive therapy. Good luck. ...Read more
I took 2 gm valacyclovir twice yesterday as I had an outbreak occurring. Can I repeat that dosage today? I still feel like the outbreak isn't over.
No more needed: There is no need for more. With the large doses of valayclovir you took, the drug is still in your system. It always takes at least a few days for complete healing -- but drug needs to be in your system only 24 hours. Your outbreak should continue to improve. Possible exception: if your initial infection was only a few weeks ago and this is your 1st or 2nd recurrence, maybe need 1-2 days more. ...Read more
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