Acyclovir dose for cold sores

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Avatar m tn I've been getting cold sores for as long as I can remember. I have never been tested for HSV 1 but always assumed that's what it is. I used to only get 1 or 2 every year or two. But, recently they have been more and more frequent. I used the 200mg acyclovir at times when I felt I was getting an OB and it worked very well. Although, there have been times, once or twice, when it did not work and I experienced the worst OB's I've ever had.
Avatar f tn I have had horrible cold sores for 14 years. B4 that, nothing. My initial outbreak was on my nose. Huge blister massive facial swelling that led to hospitalization for a month and diagnosed with herpes encephalitis. Since then only massive blisters, size of a plum. Cannot see shape of nose. When out brake frms on my lip it's so large it swells to the bottom of my chin. B4 I would have an out brake once a year, now it's almost every month.
Avatar m tn At first I was getting cold sores about every 4 to 6 weeks. I then started taking 500 mg of Valtrex daily for suppression therapy. This seemed to reduce the frequency of my outbreaks to about once every 2 to 3 months. To save money, my insurance switched me to acyclovir (400 mg twice a day) with similar results as the Valtrex. Then starting about 3 months ago, I began to have outbreaks every two weeks even with the suppression therapy.
Avatar f tn I have experienced non-stop severe cold sores for almost three months. I know how I got infected, and know I've never had them before. They cover the outer half of both lips, top and bottom). I've tried acyclovir and generic valtrex, with no relief. Not even a two hour break. Still taking generic valtrex (1 gram twice a day). I am taking Thompson's lip relief (lysine, vit c, zinc, bioflavanoids) and an immune support (andrographis,olive leaf, echinacea), and have been for a few weeks.
Avatar n tn I understand it reduces the frequency of outbreaks and of asymptomatic shedding to some degree. I have had cold sores (i.e., HSV-1) as long as I remember (certainly before sexual activity), and I understand this also provides some protection. Assume I am uninfected. Suppose she starts using daily suppressive treatment with acyclovir, and we did not have unprotected sex during symptomatic outbreaks.
Avatar m tn The dose for acyclovir for suppressive therapy is 400mg 2x/day . I have no idea why you are on such a high dose. It's completely unneccesary. If you are still having symptoms on that dose then you need a further evaluation to find out what is going on because chances are good that it isn't herpes. Valtrex is an acyclovir prodrug. What this basically means is that you swallow valtrex and your body converts it into acyclovir inside your body.
Avatar f tn and get a prescription (with continual refills!) for Acyclovir (Generic for Valtrex). Acyclovir is not expensive but Valtrex is. Name brand is always more. When taken regularly it can prevent outbreaks, I havent had one in over 15 years and I take one a day. If you do have an outbreak you take a stronger dose and it clears it up much faster with less pain. Besides you don't need your face to be scarred up. so prevention is best. Also, DO NOT KISS PEOPLE OR SHARE FOOD, CUPS ETC.
Avatar m tn I began suppressive therapy with acyclovir. Since then I’ve only had mild, painless and unopened sores about 3-4 times per year that healed in 3-5 days. I started off taking 800mg per day. I did this for about a year or two and then lowered it to 600mg per day until eventually I was taking 200mg per day for the past 18 months or so. I lowered the dose gradually because I thought this would be better for my health in the long run.
368646 tn?1208397487 ( hsv is not active 24/7/365 and even if it was the cause of what went on, it wouldn't still be making things worse for you. It activates and then goes into remission.
Avatar n tn Good morning, Big event coming up and I occasionally get cold sores. My question is, can I take Valacyclovir a few days in advance as sort of a preventative measure? If so how many milligrams would you recommend? Finally, at first sign of an outbreak what is recommended dosage of Valacyclvir? Thanks so much.
Avatar f tn She suggested doubling my acyclovir dose until then. For cold sores after delivery, she recommends a high dose of valtrex and being very careful around the baby.
Avatar n tn I went back to a different doctor and he proscribe a higher dose of Acyclovir (800mg) and Bactroban. The doctor mentioned that It might have been infected and I might have a case of Impetigo. After a week past by the honey clusters stopped and began to heal, but i still have a scar are a mole like scar on the corner of my mouth and just above my lip. I was referred to the Dermatologist Office and he prescribed me with Clindamycin Phoshate (used for acne.
Avatar f tn The IGg came back with a positive HSV1 (I knew this as I have cold sores for as long as I can remember) and a negative HSV2. The IGm both came back negative indicating no present infection. I am now 2 weeks into the topical steroid and still have persistent symptoms. The doctor has reassured me time and time again that this is not herpes but I am so confused as to why the symptoms persist.
Avatar m tn Treating it 7 days after it appeared with acyclovir was actually a waste of money - it was already almost all healed. If your provider didn't give you refills on your acyclovir for future cold sores, give the clinic a call and ask for a prescription to have on hand. in the future, anytime you feel a cold sore about to start, that's the time to start the cold sore doses of acyclovir. 800mg 3x/day for 2 days is the easiest way to treat cold sores with acyclovir.
Avatar n tn Probably you understand that the large majority of HSV-1 infections, the cause of cold sores (also called fever blisters) involve the mouth and are not sexually transmitted. There are not very good data on this; genital HSV-2 has been more extensively studied than HSV-1.
Avatar f tn I was tested in 2011 for HSV 2 after seeing a cold sore on my boyfriend's lip that didn't look like a normal cold sore. In the 9 months prior to the sighting I had 3 or 4 instances where I had itching in my genital area that lasted a couple of days each time. I didn't visually see anything and treated as a yeast infection. But after I saw the sore on my boyfriend's lip, the next time I had the itching I went to see my Dr. By visual inspection, he confirmed that he believed it to be Herpes.
Avatar f tn I wanted to know what you guys used for hsv-1 (cold sores), as of now I take L-Lysine and from what I've heard is supposed to minimize the OB's. regardless it would be nice to know what products can be used to minimize OB's, heal faster or reduce the time frame that they last. Thanks!!
Avatar n tn The symptoms on the face are exactly what you see when you look for a picture of cold sores, blisters, opens up, crusts over in a week or so and slowly goes away. I understand you feel its unlikely I have it but under the assumption I do, is there a way you can address my initial questions?
Avatar f tn I tested positive for oral HSV type 1 which I had anticipated due to my cold sores I have had recurrently since childhood. Honestly, not until recently did I actually believe that my "cold sores" were due to herpes, I always believed this was a myth. I woke up on Saturday the 22 of March with a cold sore on the corner of my lip and immediately applied the abreva cream I carry around. I used it for the first 2 days and then left it alone.
Avatar m tn I have had cold sores for 13 years - initial outbreak on my lip, and three or four times per year in my nose almost exclusively since then. Never on my face. Recently, I was kissing my boyfriend and got a pretty bad skin irritation about an inch above my top lip caused by friction with his beard. Although I've never had a cold sore appear on my face, I'm nervous that this irritation will be a trigger for a cold sore to appear...
Avatar f tn Your provider ordered you the wrong dose of acyclovir. It should've been 400mg 3x/day for 5 days ( alternate dose is 200mg 5x/day for 5 days but I never recommend that dose because it's so inconvenient ). Suppressive therapy with acyclovir is 400mg 2x/day every single day. I recommend starting on it so that your herpes is controlled and you and your provider can better figure out what is herpes and what isn't. Your gf should call for her results. They don't take long to come back.
Avatar f tn Was discontinued. With next occurrence, I asked for another anti-viral and was prescribed Acyclovir. This one caused headaches, backache, confusion and fatigue. Was stopped. I am now having a recurrence and didn't take anything. After about 7 days, I felt it was almost over, then wham....came back with a new leison and flu-like symptoms. Tried Acyclovir before bed last night, was up most of night with headache. I haven't taken anything today. I don't know what to do.
Avatar n tn How are they testing you for herpes - lesion culture and typing and/or blood test? What dose of acyclovir and for how long did they prescribe?
Avatar f tn If we do have unprotected sex can I reduce the risk of transmitting this completely to her if I take Acyclovir for a few days prior and have no visible symptoms?
Avatar n tn If acyclovir is your drug of choice ( famvir is a 1 time dose, valtrex is a 2x/day for 1 day dose ), try 800mg 3x/day for 2 days. it works best if started at the very first tingle /sign of a potential cold sore.
Avatar n tn I take acyclovir daily to suppress cold sores, which are unsightly and a nuisance, occurring every 2-3 months. The doctor told me to return if the pink rash I described ever returned and he could swab it. The tingling/burning/irritation has continued on-and-off.
Avatar m tn do you treat your oral herpes when you get cold sores so that they heal faster? ! day doses of valtrex or famvir or 2 day dose of acyclovir when taken at the first sign of a cold sore can sometimes head off a full blown ob completely even as well as speeds healing.
Avatar f tn do you have hsv1 or hsv2 genitally? when you have recurrences, the dose of acyclovir is 400mg 3x/day for 5 days or the even easier 800mg 3x/day for 2 days.
Avatar f tn No, to my knowledge he has not had his own HSV1 status tested. For that matter, neither have I. I've never been tested because I get cold sores frequently enough that it seemed like a no-brainer. I was on a daily suppressive therapy at one point. My doctor put me on a low dose of Valtrex.
Avatar m tn yes it does. those are the wrong doses for cold sores - that's the shingles dose! Try the 800mg 3x/day for 2 days dose instead and encourage your provider to check doses before prescribing!