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Acyclovir isn't working!

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trying2livenormal

Hey fellow herpsters,

I am curious to know if anyone else on acyclovir still gets herpes outbreaks frequently?!?! Seriously, I pop two 400 mg pills a day (highest does according to my doctor and my pharm book) and I still get at least one blister a month on my lady bits. On the plus side, acyclovir has stopped my nerve pain. But, I still have the constant itch and a lovely painful blister a week before my period. I'm contemplating trying Valtrex since it converts into higher doses of acyclovir in the body, but it is so expensive! :( Also, I have tried lysine. It was a waste of money.

Suggestions?

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sickornotsick

Valacyclovir (generic valtrex) is usually pretty affordable but I suppose it may vary from place to place, health plan to health plan.

Some folks seem to get relief with tagamet. This should only be used under a doctors supervision. You might want to investigate this and talk to your doctor to see if it's right for you. Here's a thread about it:

http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/messageforum/threads/tagamet-to-suppress-obs.55002/

On the natural side, monolaurin, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, zinc, vitamin c, lysine every day seem to help. Others like other stuff. You can comb the boards here for info on all of these.

I'm sure others will chime in but some things to think about...

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WilsoInAus

trying2... have you ever had confirmation of a HSV infection? Do you know the type?

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trying2livenormal

I would never use tagamet. It has nasty side effects not to mention many drug interactions. It can cause gynecomastia in men, just a heads up if you are using it. I have horrible health insurance that doesn't cover medication until I meet a several thousand dollar deductible. And I am a full time student with no job currently, so money is tight at the moment. Lysine didn't work. Vitamin C made me feel great, but I still got the blisters. I haven't tried olive leaf extract, zinc, or oregano. I will do some research on them to see if it is worth it.

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trying2livenormal
trying2... have you ever had confirmation of a HSV infection? Do you know the type?

The planned parenthood doc said it was HSV from looking at it, took a sample, and then I never got the results (but I sure got the bill!). I was too distraught to ever call for the results. I wasn't mentally ready to hear those words and so I lived in denial for a few years. It was blissful.

I cannot imagine what else it could be. I have constant itching, nerve zings every now and then, and then what feels like a zit pops up on my little bits. I only saw ulcers (no scabbing) the one time I went to the planned parenthood doc.

Would the type make a difference on what medication I took? I was under the impression that all antivirals are the same. Although my drug guide book said Famciclovir was mostly used for shingles.

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WilsoInAus

Obtain a blood test for IgG antibodies type specific for HSV1 and HSV2. I think you always confirm a visual diagnosis. The regularity of the outbreaks is also very suspicious, particularly if they have a little puss in them.

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