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How many days can you take Valtrex?

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I know this seems like a stupid question, but I was prescribed valtrex three days ago in the emergency room for a miserable outbreak (only my second and I was diagnosed three years ago HSV1) in my cervix and on my vulva. I have now used up the three days scrip but I am still having sores and pain.

I have a refill for the valtrex. what i want to know is can you keep taking it longer than 3 days? I have been taking 2 (500 mg) tablets a day. I don't have a doctor to call and I don't want to sit in emergency for 8 hours again:-D

I asked the pharmacist if i could refill and keep taking it and she said well it depends on what your treating.

I don't know what she means.

Have any of you taken Valtrex longer than 3 days? Also, is it safe..I mean is it one of those drugs we're going to see on commercials with lawyers asking us to sue in a few years???

I hate meds. If i don't take the valtrex will the herpes go away on its own?

What is the normal amount of time for a herpes outbreak to last. I am on my 10th day...is this normal?

Thank you for any help.

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people on suppressive therapy take 500-1,000mg daily, this is a common dose but you might want to check with a doctor first just in case. you can probably call the hospital and schedule an appt or talk to the prescribing doctor.

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I have taken anti-virals for years with no problems

When I am dating someone I take 400 mg of Acyclovir (cheaper versus Valtrex) daily. I have been doing so for years with no side effects.

Walmart carries Acyclovir for $4 for a 90 prescription.

Good luck!


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My doctor prescribed 1 gram Valtrex tablets 2 times a day for 10 days when I had my first outbreak. My boyfriend got the same exact dosage. I would definitely ask for a higher dosage.

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