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Effectiveness of Valtrex for Primary Outbreaks


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Hello,

I have recently been diagnosed with herpes - both oral and genital (mostly likely HSV1, although this has not yet been confirmed by lab analysis). I took 2000mg of Valtrex on Tuesday afternoon, another 2000mg on Tuesday morning and have since continued taking the drug with a dosage of 500mg twice a day. It has been almost three days and my symptoms seem to be getting worse ie. new sites have appeared and previous, smaller areas of infection are spreading. Is this normal? At what point should I rule out Valtrex as an effective tool to manage outbreaks?

 

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I think from your experience you can already tell that it isn't an effective tool to manage outbreaks. Valtrex is more useful as a suppressive therapy. It works over a longer period of time to keep HSV dormant. For actual outbreaks where there are already lesions present, there is already a high viral load and the use of Valtrex isn't going to grind viral activity to a halt. It is helpful to take it during an outbreak but don't expect a miracle.

Best bet to effectively manage an outbreak is to help your immune system by minimizing stress (get as much rest as possible), minimizing carbohydrate intake, and managing lesions with antiseptics and/or virucidal oils (coconut, manuka, peppermint, tea tree, oregano, etc. .. whatever is available).

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