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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Inappropriate: You could prescribe it for many things, but the only agent against which it is likely to be effective is herpes simplex. ...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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Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Not usually: Herpes infections can be treated with antivirals such as Acyclovir and valcyclovir, but to really have an impact need to be started within 72 hours. Any later and the symptoms are really not effected much at all. ...Read more

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How likely is it I will pass the herpes 2 virus if I'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

How likely is it I will pass the herpes 2 virus if I'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

Very low, approach 0: Very unlikely, as you are doing everything possible to prevent transmission. Get lots of rest as viral outbreaks are tied to immune system and immune system becomes more vulnerable when we're tired and sleep deprived, but, honestly, you're doing everything right. ...Read more

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Do I still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

Do I still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

No: 2 ways to treat this. Take a pill every day for years to prevent attacks. Take a dose at the first tingling which preceeds an attack. 1 or 2 doses only, not effective unless taken immediatly at first symptoms. If it is the very first acute infection, the take for 10 days. If you have shingles- a different virus- take for 7 days. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting herpes if my gf is using Valtrex (valacyclovir) with and without a condom?

What are my chances of getting herpes if my gf is using Valtrex (valacyclovir) with and without a condom?

High chances: If your girlfriend is in the active stage and on med, you should not even with condom because condom can breaks and you are at greater chances of contracting herpes. ...Read more

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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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Just found out I hVe herpes. Have valtrex (valacyclovir). How often to take it. Can stress cause breakouts! Help!!!!!!!!!!!

Just found out I hVe herpes. Have valtrex (valacyclovir). How often to take it. Can stress cause breakouts! Help!!!!!!!!!!!

Twice a day for ten: 1000 mg twice a day for 10 days. They are taken at the first sign of an outbreak. No one knows how frequent outbreaks will be. Have to play it by ear. ...Read more

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How often should I take a daily 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) tab for general herpes' suppressive therapy? Rest of my life? Only w a partner? Never?

How often should I take a daily 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) tab for general herpes' suppressive therapy? Rest of my life? Only w a partner? Never?

Consult DR: Best to see STD specialist or dermatologist. The exact use is an individual thing. Do you have only 1 partner? Do you mean GENITAL herpes? Has your partner been tested for herpes? Will you have other partners in the future? How often do you have attacks? Some people take 1 a day to reduce or eliminate the attacks and to reduce their infectivity. Others take 2 pills at the onset of an attack to red ...Read more

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I've had herpes for 6 years and am on valtrex (valacyclovir). recently my bf popped a blister and it hurts. Is it spreadable? How can I lessen the pain?

I've had herpes for 6 years and am on valtrex (valacyclovir). recently my bf popped a blister and it hurts. Is it spreadable? How can I lessen the pain?

Yes: Herpes is contagious when there are blisters present. Please be careful. The best things you can do to lessen the pain is use your valtrex (valacyclovir) and add an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. You can also use a topical anesthetic like lidocaine. If the pain is still severe, talk with your doctor. There are prescription medications that can help. Get well soon! ...Read more

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I have gential herpes & I'm taking valtrex (valacyclovir).I went to a dentist and he prescribed amoclan 1g & rapidus 50mg in another country. Are they okay together?

Drug interaction: Amoclam (amoxicillin/clavulanate) and rapidus (diclofenac) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. A this medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain and inflammation. Neither should interfere with valacyclovir. ...Read more

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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 you tell me what to do if I have herpes simplex II from oral sex with partner on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

First be sure!: You can be tested for herpes 1 ; 2, to see if you have had one or both. If you do, then you will need treatment if you develop lesions of herpes in your mouth, lips, etc. You would be contagious. If you do not have herpes, then barrier protection and your partner taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) faithfully are musts! ...Read more

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Valacyclovir (Definition)

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