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I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

I take zovirax (acyclovir) for herpes simplex (genital). I take 40 mg everyday to suppress the herpes simplex eruptions. Will this drug suppress shingles too?

There is no evidence: No there is no evidens that it will suppress shingles,The only way to prevent shingles is by taking Zostavax the Shingle Vaccine.All adults over the age of 60 are recommemded to have shingle vaccine one dose to prevent shingles Even though Zovirax (acyclovir) is used to treaas it will shorten the course if used within 48 hours of start of the rash.And the dose used is 800 MGM every 4 hours for 5 days ...Read more

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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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37.5 weeks pregnant with 1 small recurrent herpes lesion (almost disappeared). Now on valtrex (valacyclovir).. How long until i can safely give birth vaginally?

37.5 weeks pregnant with 1 small recurrent herpes lesion (almost disappeared).   Now on valtrex (valacyclovir).. How long until i can safely give birth vaginally?

Unknown: Most obstetricians would recommend a cesarian section for anyone with genital herpes who has an outbreak in the third trimester, as a precaution against transmitting it to your child. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Not wise,,,: Although there's no noted contraindication to doing this, it's generally not a good idea to drink alcohol with any drug, especially large amounts of alcohol that can affect the metabolism and concentration of that drug, and increase side effects. Having said that, it's unlikely that a glass of wine or small amount of alcohol would be significant, unless it is a major contraindication for the drug ...Read more

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How long is herpes simplex i contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

How long is herpes simplex i contagious if you're on valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Crusted over: I would consider it contagious until it is dried up - usually a week ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes outbreak to clear up when taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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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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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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Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Im9 weeks pregnant had herpes before conception should I go through any tests ? Does herpes affect the child had herpes zoster just 6 to 8 blisters

Confusing question: Herpes zoster is a reactivation of chickenpox on superficial skin and provides no direct risk to the fetus. If you never had genital herpes (herpes simplex), your baby is not at risk. Discuss this with your ob. Even moms who have had prior genital herpes can have healthy babies if your OB is aware of it and plans accordingly. ...Read more

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First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

First outbreak herpes 6 weeks after contact. Is it normal?

Herpes: Primary infection may result in systemic as well as local manifestations. Following an incubation period of 3 to 7 days, the patient may experience a virus-like syndrome with malaise and fever, then paresthesia of the vulva that are followed by vesicle formation. These are often multiple, resulting in shallow, painful ulcers that may coalesce.Vesicles and ulcers can occur in a 2- to 6-week period. ...Read more

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Did not start Valtrex for shingles until day 7 of rash. I'm still getting new blisters on day 11. When will new blisters stop coming?

Did not start Valtrex for shingles until day 7 of rash.  I'm still getting new blisters on day 11.  When will new blisters stop coming?

Check Back with Dr.: It would be good to check back with your dermatologist to make sure the diagnosis is correct. Valtrex will only help it it is truly shingles. ...Read more

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Eight weeks pregnant with herpes outbreak can I take acyclovior is it safe.

Eight weeks pregnant with herpes outbreak can I take acyclovior is it safe.

Dont have to: The real problem with herpes and pregnancy is if you have lesions on your vagina during delivery. I would not treat the herpes now except if it has severe symptoms to you. You may also try the topical Acyclovir or denovir ointments that are safer during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Can a genital herpes outbreak take the form of shingles on the cheek?The first outbreak years ago was bc of HSV 1, no test done this time.

Different viruses: The cause of shingles is the varicella-zoster virus. You first get chicken pox, the virus then sets up residence in the nerves in your body and comes out later in life as shingles, generally in a single nerve root distribution. It only involves one side. Genital herpes can occur with hsv 1 or 2, although more commonly type 2. ...Read more

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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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Valtrex (Definition)

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