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Can taking 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily cause more outbreaks if you decide to not take it anymore?

Can taking 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily cause more outbreaks if you decide to not take it anymore?

Herpes Suppression: It is not likely that taking a medication to suppress herpes contagiousness and outbreaks would in the end cause more outbreaks. ...Read more

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

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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

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

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Will Valtrex (valacyclovir) help lessen the pain and length of my first herpes outbreak?

Will Valtrex (valacyclovir) help lessen the pain and length of my first herpes outbreak?

Yes and yes: Valacyclovir can not only lessen the duration of your outbreak, but can suppress further outbreaks. It will still likely be painful, however, the duration of the outbreak will be shortened. ...Read more

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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?

Valtrex (valacyclovir) helps: When taken appropriately, Valtrex (valacyclovir) will suppress symptomatic outbreak recurrences 70-80%, so you should be well covered. If further questions, please talk it over with your medical provider or local STD clinic. Hope that helps. Thanks. ...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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Can you have a second HSV outbreak in the middle of a 10 day Valtrex (valacyclovir) treatment?

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

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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

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?

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?

Unlikely: 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

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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

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

It may still spread: Once the rash of shingles has started, antivirals like VALTREX (valacyclovir) cannot quickly stop it from erupting further, but may reduce the severity (pain) to an extent and help it to resolve more quickly (perhaps by a day or more). ...Read more

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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

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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)

No: Asymptomatic exposure to herpes simplex virus doe not need to be treated with antivirals. It is treated only if there is an outbreak. Supressive treatment is only recommended if the outbreaks are very frequent and severe. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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 ?

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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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?

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

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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

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

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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

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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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How long does it take valtrax to clear up an outbreak?

How long does it take valtrax to clear up an outbreak?

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

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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Valtrex (Definition)

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