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Hi, everyone. I just found out today that I have Herpes. I'm so glad I have found this forum. At first, I didn't know what was going on. I thought I just had a rash from soap or laundry detergent, but nope. After doing a ton of reading up on the subject, I just knew. I was afraid to tell my husband at first, but he's been wonderful about it. I thought he'd think the worst, but all he said was that we need to deal with it, and not let it ruin our lives. He's going to get a blood test, but so far has had no symptoms. My doctor prescribed Valtrex for me. Does anyone here take it? What can I expect in terms of side effects? I don't take any medications for anything, so I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Thanks for providing this board. Knowing I'm not alone has been very helpful.

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i had a lot of side effects from it...too potent for my body to handle....chalky taste in mouth, out of my head feeling, severe nausea and vomiting some days....horrible. BUT everyone is totally different and what works for one might be horrible for another person. I also do not take any other medication and hate to. I also do not eat a lot of food with artificial chemicals and so perhaps that increased my sensitivity to such a potent antiviral like valtrex, but perhaps my body would have reacted the same way even if i did take other meds maybe. I personally hated it and thought its side effects were worse than my condition. Maybe it will work for you, who knows? good luck

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Personally I had no side effects from the Valtrex. I took 4 a day for about five days. Each day I felt a little bit better as my first OB was very, VERY painful. I also take Lysine, b-complex vitamins, a multi-vitamin and drink green tea like it's going out of style. So far so good. :)

This board will prove to be VERY helpful to you. I seriously would have lost it had it not been for those on here. They are wonderful. :)

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No side effects from Valtrex whatsoever after 3 years. I took it everyday for a year. Now I only take it at the first sign of a tingle, stress or pain (headache or below the waist) and it works just as well this way as everyday.

P.S. My NP agreed to both regimens.

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