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metropolitan

Stopped taking Valtrex after a year

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metropolitan

Well, I finally stopped taking Valtrex. My ob's are down to a totally manageable level and I am in a committed relationship with somebody who has it as well.

And I feel pretty good about it. No more nausea, no more dizziness. No more daily blue reminders that I have an abnormal condition that needs to be corrected.

I never believed it when people said "it gets so much better after a year" but I guess I have witnessed it firsthand. Thanks guys!

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HITBYHSV

Thats great to hear - can I ask how you are?

Also great to hear you have found partner with same condition as yourself!

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regret

thats great..yes its hard to beleive it gets better after a year..but it does...

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metropolitan
Thats great to hear - can I ask how you are?

I had a rebound OB which is normal after stopping Valtrex, and along with it came a minor cold. But I'm over that hurdle and feeling pretty healthy!

I pretty much stopped the alkaline diet/lysine stuff but I do take lots of antioxidants and zinc when I remember.

Overall I'd say my well-being is at exactly the opposite place it was when I was diagnosed :)

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chooseyourbattles

Being virtually asymptomatic, I never thought of herpes as a condition that compromises my health or needs to be corrected. I think of it as a social/emotional problem.

I used to take Valtrex to protect partners, but now I won't take anything unless someone tells me that he won't have sex with me otherwise.

I haven't made any dietary or exercise changes. If I hadn't been tested, I wouldn't know I had it.

Why can't it be made known to the public that most people with herpes are like me, or even if they are symptomatic like most people on this forum, that the symptoms won't continue that way forever?

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andli

i am almost symptom free, but i take valtrex daily to prevent transmission

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notsofast22

I used to take Valtrex to protect partners, but now I won't take anything unless someone tells me that he won't have sex with me otherwise.

I love your style chooseyourbattles I chuckled when I haeard this.

I quit taking valtrex too, I'm still in my first year and my OB's seem under control without it. Might as well let my body figure this virus out on its own for a while. It also gives me a chance to save my Valtrex for a time in the future when I'll need it more (If I ever actually get some :/), or don't have health insurance.

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complexbeauty

hey chooseyourbattles...im the same on the fact that id have never known til i was diagnosed.....and believe it or not i forget i do...i was only diagnosed 4 months ago but havent really talked about it alot.

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chatnoir

congrats!

Congratulations, metropolitan! That is good news. Very encouraging to hear. Thanks for posting.

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lalala2

Hi Andli

For how long does one need to take Valtrex before it minimises the potential for transmission of H to others?

I ask this because a) I rarely have OB's and B) I rarely have sex...

however, if I meet someone that I really like, can I 'prepare' to make sex safer by taking Valtrex 2 weeks or something (for argument's sake) before I plan to have sex?

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