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steel_panther

Hey everyone, recently was taking valtrex for an ob and realized today I’ve been feeling very weak, joint stiffness, sad, etc. and looked at the side effects and sure enough that’s what all of the ones from valtrex were for.  Just wondering, anyone else experience this before and if so did they go back to the doctor? What did the doctor tell them to do for this? Just stop taking the pills? Is there anything I can mix with it to feel better? 

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Roja

Jep, unfortunately I had the same experience with valtrex on suppression. I feel like Aciclovir is better, but I have only used it with OB, not suppressive. 

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steel_panther
18 minutes ago, Roja said:

Jep, unfortunately I had the same experience with valtrex on suppression. I feel like Aciclovir is better, but I have only used it with OB, not suppressive. 

What did the doctor do? Just tel you to stop taking? And everything eventually went back to normal? Joint pain, mood, etc.?

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Oakleybear7

Valtrex was hell for me. I only took it for about 4 days before I had to switch to acyclovir. It caused headaches, neck aches, nausea, and best of all - urine retention. Super fun not being able to pee when drinking a fair amount of water is required with AVs

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Roja
13 hours ago, steel_panther said:

What did the doctor do? Just tel you to stop taking? And everything eventually went back to normal? Joint pain, mood, etc.?

I actually wasn't aware about the side effects. I just didn't know what was going on with me. I lost weight, felt very weak and had nausea (but at least no OB, haha). I also had various acute hearing losses.. No one really thought about the connection to valtrex. I stopped taking them after one year (that was the initial plan) and went back to normal. 

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Lulupazoola

Using Valtrex for OBs only, having them once a month, lowered my platelets in about 3 mos.--not to a dangerous level, but it scared the sh*t out of me. Thought i had a bad disease, as low platelets is absolutely not a good sign.  Finally, they figured out it was the valtrex and that was it for prescribing me AV's, as they all had that potential side effect.  My latest dr prescribed 5 pills of Famcyclovir which is a newer AV.  I have a blood test scheduled and will know pretty soon whether it is lowering my platelets.  I took 2 1/2 pills per outbreak for 2 outbreaks and got some relief, so am really hoping i can at least take it occasionally.  That is the idea--to at least be able to get occasional relief.  Anyway, i had no other effects from taking it so perhaps that is something u could try.  I get depression and fatigue from the OB's.

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21 minutes ago, Lulupazoola said:

Using Valtrex for OBs only, having them once a month, lowered my platelets in about 3 mos.--not to a dangerous level, but it scared the sh*t out of me. Thought i had a bad disease, as low platelets is absolutely not a good sign.  Finally, they figured out it was the valtrex and that was it for prescribing me AV's, as they all had that potential side effect.  My latest dr prescribed 5 pills of Famcyclovir which is a newer AV.  I have a blood test scheduled and will know pretty soon whether it is lowering my platelets.  I took 2 1/2 pills per outbreak for 2 outbreaks and got some relief, so am really hoping i can at least take it occasionally.  That is the idea--to at least be able to get occasional relief.  Anyway, i had no other effects from taking it so perhaps that is something u could try.  I get depression and fatigue from the OB's.

Please keep us updated about your blood results!

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