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Well, this may be very surprising to some people, but I have found that klonopin prevents my case of herpes more effectively than aciclovir.  I recently ran out of valtrex, which works way better than the aciclovir, imo, and am now using some cheap generic aciclovir available here in Mexico.  I have a tendency to go on benders, drinking for several days without sleep and partying like it's the only thing left to do in my failed life.  These usually last about 48-72 hours and end up with me in bed with high fever and bad outbreak for two to three days, in bed for 2-3, the entire course takes a week or so.  For me it never really goes away though, it just ebbs and flows, I constantly have sores on my soft palette, a burning tongue, which is horrible, fever, malaise, fatigue, etc.  So recently I went out partying with some friends and they were passing around some pills, including Klonopin.  I partied for two days, no sleep, and I did not get sick.  This really surprised me.  I then googled klonopin and herpes and found that dentists prescribe it to patients suffering from burning mouth syndrome that stems from hsv-1.  Well my burning mouth is from hsv-2, but it worked nonetheless.  I did not get sick at all.  I did not have to take the high doses of valtrex and tylenol to keep from sweating half my body weight away during the recovery.  So I tried it again, I went on big drinking bender, no valtrex, just the Klonopin, and again, I did not get sick.  I have been on it for a week which is about as long as you would want to take it as it does serious brain damage.  It is also incredibly sedating.  I have been taking some adderall with it to stay awake and able to get work done.  My experiment has shown this drug to be more effective than valtrex.  As I said though, it is no long term solution.  It is nasty stuff and you really can't function on it.  But I will keep it on hand.  Next time I feel I've pressed it too hard I might take some as it clearly works.  I wish I could stay on it as it has reduced my mouth burn tremendously.  It's just not an optioin though.  The stuff turns your brain to porridge.  Anyways, just another tool in the toolkit, something to keep on hand for breakouts.  I f anybody else has a similar experience with this please share.  I should have been deeply sick for a few days after that bender.  I didn't even have my valtrex.  The klonopin kicked that herpes right out.  

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I would just add to this, it has not only greatly reduced my tongue burn, but it has increased my gut motility.  Since contracting hsv-2 both orally and genitally, my gut motility decreased by a factor of 2.  I used to be on an 8-12 hour cycle, that is now 16-24, and during bad outbreaks it can be worse.  Since being on the klonopin for a week it seems to have been restored to normal.  So it seems to be helping quite a bit.  Too bad it is so toxic and debilitating, but I will keep it on hand for outbreaks, which for me is pretty much once per week, although less since I quite training.  I had to quit training as I was just sick of getting sick all the time.   But I am going to try and get back into it soon and just deal with the fevers and fatigue. 

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