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TabulaRasa

Effect of early Valtrex treatment in primary outbreak?

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TabulaRasa

I remember briefly reading somewhere that if you begin treatment with anti-virals very early in your primary genital outbreak, it can have an effect on your future recurrences and the amount of the virus that actually remains in your body.

Does anyone know anything about this or has heard this claim as well? Any factual evidence or data?

Just asking because I began treatment with Valtrex (2g/day for 10 days) within about 48 hours of first feeling symptoms down below. I haven't had any recurrences and never actually had a single blister/sore. Granted, I've since learned that it's type 1, not 2, so that may be the reason. Anyway, I was just speculating and thought I'd ask. :)

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totalregret

I heard the same thing from planned parenthood. They told me to stay on antivirals for at least three months, and it should make outbreaks less frequent. I still get nerve pain so I decided to stay on them for at least a year, or till the nerve pain subsides. I too have ohsv 1 and ghsv 1.

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regret

the virus is in your body all the same but what antivirals do is help lessen the severity of the ooutbreak at the time and down the road until the virus is done traveling through your body..its common to be able to get off of them after a year..because once your body has traveled all over,,it has done its job and your body is used to it and doesnt look at it as something foreign anymore, so therefore your outbreaks are not as severe if at all...but also if you have genital type 1 you wont get it as severe anyway because its not in its preferred place oraly

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andli

there was animal study showing that high dose of Famvir taken just after infection can stop future ob.( study with mice)

when taken at the begining of the 1st ob, it may prevent/lessen the severity of future ob

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Musicfan

Not sure to answer your question.. but now I'm happy that it was well over a year before I got on daily Valtrex.. the anti bodies should be there... but i will say... I will gladly take the Valtrex...only prob is my insurance will be changing in the next couple of months...:confused: I don't know what that will bring.

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there was animal study showing that high dose of Famvir taken just after infection can stop future ob.( study with mice)

when taken at the begining of the 1st ob, it may prevent/lessen the severity of future ob

a small human study confirmed that 250mg three times a day for 10 days during primary infection was highly effective. something like 4% of people had a recurrence vs 20% of those who received acyclovir

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TabulaRasa

Thanks for the replies. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that had heard this claim!

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