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My first outbreak was 6 months ago.  HSV2.  Since then I"ve had outbreaks every 7-10 days despite being on 1 gram valocyclovir.  I'm on high Vit C, llysine, and now trying lauricidin.  I eat super healthy (except one cup coffee in am and ice cream at night) and am otherwise healthy.  However, i cant get relief and i'm feeling so completely hopeless.  I would do anything to only have outbreaks every couple of months.  This is no way to live.  So i'm asking all veterans what supplements, practices, etc, etc have been most effective.  This forum is hard for me to navigate for some reason...like i don't know how to search topics.  I assumed somone has already posted something like this but maybe not.  Anyway, any help at all would be great.  I'm so overwhelemed with products, vitamin, supplements....what works what doesn't and i'm spending so much money on this and getting no where.

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IcantThinkofaName

1.try a different antiviral-- try acyclovir (very inexpensive), or famvir

2.get your hormones in balance

3.any chance of another underlying problem?

4.try a new dr - a infectuous disease specialist or Functional naturopath

5.whats your stress levels generally? ( I suspect pretty bad, considering?)

6. check vitamin D levels 

7, maybe add st johns wort? ( if you are not on any SSRIs or other meds)

8. Lemon balm tea is nice at night, for the nerves

9. some people have been talking about BHT, but I've not yet tried it.its next on the list however

I am so sorry for your terrible Obs. I feel your misery. Mine are bad at times and I get back to back Obs at times...when that happens it tells me something else is "off"in my body. 

Its best to find a way for your body to recognize the virus as "not self" so it will resist it in the future. 

best wishes

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GlitterDx

I was on Valtrex for years and switched to Famvir which helped. Tea tree oil helps for topical misery. Lysine helped with nerves. Cutting sugar helps with everything.

Wellbutrin, an anti depressant, helped to stop outbreaks for 6 months and then they came back until upping the dose again - not sure how that works.

 

A few people I know say they are doing well with peppermint pills...

 

Hadn't heard of BHT until just now.

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Kurdt01

@GlitterDx Interesting you mention Wellbutrin...ive heard of anti-depressants stopping OB's before...I'm running out of option so may look into it...absolutely NOTHING has ever helped or even really made an impact. It sucks.

 

can  a GP prescribe that or does it have to be a psychiatrist?

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IcantThinkofaName

wellbutrin? hmmm. I haven't tried that . I am generally against taking Antideps, but maybe  i should reconsider???

I suspect that it helps with stress, so less of that will make less OBs

4 hours ago, Kurdt01 said:

can  a GP prescribe that or does it have to be a psychiatrist?

both can.

but you have to tell them you are depressed, don't say its for HSv supression :) thats off label

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GlitterDx

@Kurdt01 I noticed Wellbutrin stopped outbreaks right away. Maybe it is the dopamine? I can’t recall how long the benefits lasted. Maybe 7-9 months and then again each time Wellbutrin was upped in dosage. Generic Wellbutrin works well these days, they shut down the generic versions that were not working - so it is more affordable. Not sure if your doctor would be willing to prescribe off label. You might be better off describing depression and stating that Wellbutrin worked well for you in the past... or for a sibling. If it works for you at 75mg don’t increase dosage as they might tell you. Save the increased dosages for when it fizzles out. Wellbutrin can cause mania... just be aware. I had a (really) great time initially. ;)

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Kurdt01

@GlitterDx I've had serious depression my whole life anyways (along with a family history of depression and suicide) so it's probably something I should be on anyways haha.

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fab5gaurdian

I am so sorry you are going through this!  I have had herpes for 33 years. The first few years of breakouts are totally painful and yes you can take Valtrex or whatever but it doesn’t really help. Although, there is a cream out there, I forget what it’s called, but it soothes the pain.  Ask your Dr. because it really helped. The most important thing to realize is that stress is the number one factor contributing to outbreaks. Warm baths and air drying naked on your bed is your best bet! Hang in there.  Also 100 percent cotton underwear is a must! Let your body fight it naturally and I promise you, it will get better. I had 5 kids and a husband that never got infected!

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Lulupazoola

Both of my daughters have taken antidepressants in their life.  One of them had to stop taking them when she began to consider suicide.  The other daughter was visiting me at the same time she was trying an antidepressant, a few days in she was sick in bed all day.  I took prozac back when it was fairly new.  It quit working, so my dr continued upping the dose until i was a zombie.  So in all 3 cases in my family, the way antidepressants worked is that they made u so wretched that getting off of them made life seem a lot better.  Dont think its nothing to take them.  They r serious drugs.

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