This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent Web MD's most up-to-date information. To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. 27, 2002 -- Here's good news for cold sore sufferers. Just one day of treatment with a medication called Valtrex makes the unsightly, painful sores disappear faster. A study presented at the American Academy of Dermatology's summer meeting, held in New York this week, outlines results from a large trial of Valtrex. "The findings of these studies are encouraging as they show there may be a convenient and effective way for people with cold sores to treat their outbreaks," says researcher Stephen K. Tyring, MD, Ph D, of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in a news release. A one-day oral treatment that shortens the duration of outbreaks has clear advantages over currently available topical treatments, he says. On the day of the test, I had just got done taking the Valacyclovir for 5 days. I had not stopped taking the l-lysine for the whole period as a precaution and to reduce symptoms/outbreaks although its not proven. My dermatologist could not verify that the inflamed red papules were classic herpes and in July he said what's in my scrotum looks like a flat reddened area not like a classic looking herpes blister and not like a hemorrhoid although I know herpes can present in many variations. On the day of the test, I had just got done taking the Valacyclovir for 5 days. I had not stopped taking the l-lysine for the whole period as a precaution and to reduce symptoms/outbreaks although its not proven. My dermatologist could not verify that the inflamed red papules were classic herpes and in July he said what's in my scrotum looks like a flat reddened area not like a classic looking herpes blister and not like a hemorrhoid although I know herpes can present in many variations. If I am experiencing an acute HIV infection, would taking valacyclovir be dangerous or detrimental?
It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. Valacyclovir is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, or chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old. Valacyclovir will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. However, this medicine can lessen the symptoms of an infection. Before taking valacyclovir, tell your doctor if you have HIV/AIDS, a weak immune system, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), or if you have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant. Valacyclovir can be harmful to the kidneys, and these effects are increased when it is used together with other medicines that can harm the kidneys. Cold sores are painful and oozing, and they always seem to appear before that wedding or class reunion. Cold sores are typically caused by type 1 virus (HSV-1). Also called fever blisters, the small, fluid-filled lesions typically form near or on your lips and can cause symptoms such as tingling, itching, or burning. But in some cases, HSV-1 can cause sores on the genitals and type 2 virus (HSV-2) can cause sores on the mouth. But, because they’re caused by a virus, they can be treated with antiviral medications. Valtrex, which contains the active ingredient valacyclovir, can help your cold sores clear up faster. It can also reduce the number of cold sores you get. Read on to learn how Valtrex works and how to use it to treat your cold sores. Cold sores typically start to heal on their own within about four to six days. Although, the first cold sore you get will likely last longer. Most people don’t require treatment for their cold sores, but, in some cases, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication such as Valtrex.
What is the dosage for Valtrex valacyclovir? Which drugs or supplements interact with Valtrex valacyclovir. A herpes virus that causes cold sores and fever blisters in and around the mouth. See a picture of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1. Picture of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Take valacyclovir exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Start taking valacyclovir as soon as possible after the first appearance of