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Tiaa

Hi Everyone :-)

its my first time posting here so not sure if I am in the right place...

but my story is I was confirmed to have genital herpes when I was 19 years old, caught from a boyfriend I was with since 16 (I am female).

I am now 33, since then I had regular outbreaks. I also suffered severe anxiety and depression (not as a result of herpes as it started before then but possibly contributing over time) 

Late last year my doctor put me on 10mg citalopram to help with the anxiety and depression symptoms and I am in therapy also. However since taking the medication I haven’t had a single outbreak. So going from regular at least monthly for 10 plus years to nothing for 6 months I feel is pretty significant. 

But I have read that antidepressants can weaken the immune system and make outbreaks worse....

Really I am glad that it seems to be helping but also wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences? 

 

 

 

 

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Quest

Interesting. 

I don't think my antidepressant makes a difference.

Awesome hope it works on others

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G77

Maybe it's because your anxiety/stress levels are down and stress plays a big part in outbreaks? 

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BrazilMan
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well, since my doctor seen no effect with valtrex he put me on Bupropion with the reason to calm down my anxiety and maybe it help avoid the outbreaks.. maybe i'll do that, but you guys got any real difference ?

 

there re some studies on internet but my english isn't very good to understand everything

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