Valacyclovir how long does it take to work

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Avatar n tn the partner i described in my original note is hiv- as well. so, i will take your advice and encourage him to get a full std work-up. it seems entirely probable that he may indeed have hsv2 as well, in light of your statistics. so anyway, thanks again!
Avatar f tn A lot of people with herpes, either oral or genital, don't feel a need to work out when and how it originated.
Avatar n tn He said that it should work the same and you take it the same, but he said if I notice I am getting an outbreak that I need to talk to my doc about going back on the other valtrex and see if I can get it cheaper. This has thrown me for a loop as I am scared that it wont work the same or that I will get a small break out that I wont notice and infect my boyfriend. I am just not sure about it too as i was never told of a new one coming out or even heard of it.
Avatar f tn The FDA has approved suppressive therapy for up to a year however the reason for this duration is because that is how long it was studied (the FDA can only approve what is studied). There are many people who have taken suppressive therapy for more than five years without consequences. The data are better for acyclovir than for valacyclovir simply becasue acyclovir has been around longer.
Avatar f tn Here in Quebec, it takes a long time to get an appointment so it may take 2 months before I will be seen. I will ask for the proper test that you suggested once I meet with him but I have the feeling he will think, who does this one know about medicine! Anyway, as far as the lysine/arginine theory is so consistent. I just ate some bread just now and my mouth roof is starting to peel out again. The only way I found to eat bread is by rinsing my mouth with lysine powder and water after eating.
Avatar n tn I went back to the NP at my OB/GYN this afternoon to undergo additional testing. LapCorp (I cannot afford Quest's $475 test not covered by my insurance) didn't know what the Western Blot was or how to get it to Washington. So, I personally googled the contact information for the UW lab on my iphone in the office to get the info. The lab tech my NP and I spoke with said that he had to send a "kit" to us first with instructions on how to ship the sample prior to shipping.
Avatar n tn Exact location(s)? How each episode starts, how it progresses from onset to healing, and how long it takes. That information could help me judge the likelihood these really are herpes episodes. In the meantime, there really isn't any point in experimenting with "natural remedies", lysine, etc.
Avatar n tn My advice to patients with herpes who are dissatisfied with their current treatment is to try lysine, monolauren, or whatever product they like, then try acyclovir or valacyclovir. Do it systematically, taking each drug long enough to cover at least 3 outbreaks at the frequency you've been having them, then switching to the other, then going back again. Keep careful diaries of all symptoms and oubreaks. They make your own decision about which is most beneficial to you. Regards to all.
Avatar m tn I asked the question about resistance because I was trying to assess her best interest. If I take it long term am I putting her at risk for drug resistant HSV. It seems this is unlikely. I am also hearing from you that, while taking the valacyclovir, if I were to miss a dose accidentally then I should probably also avoid sex for a week because there might be some rebound in viral shedding. No need for further reply unless you have additional opinions.
Avatar f tn So i guess the way things work is that if I'm not experiencing an outbreak when I'm in labor that i will give birth vaginally and if i have one I'll have to get an c section which i prefer to get a c section because i don't want to risk giving it to my baby but my doctor says it doesn't work like that. My boyfriend says that it should be my choice but any who. For the past two months I've been getting outbreaks like every other week.
Avatar n tn This site stated it might be but obviously I want what's going to work best. 2) How long does the medicine take to start working in terms of reducing the risk? Does it have to build up for a while before it starts working? 3) Are there any special precautions or instructions when taking this med? Any crazy side effects?
Avatar n tn If my GF were to become infected, knowing that she's HSV-1 positive, how long would it take for symptoms to appear on the genital area ? How long does it usually take in general for symptoms to appear in women, if different at all from men ? Could it be asymptomatic ? Thanks again for your time. It seems I have dozens of questions but I don't want to bother you too much. :D Have a good day !
Avatar m tn 2) How long does it take valacyclovir to work? After I completed the week of treatment I still had symptoms, the disease still seemed to just run its natural course. 3) A lot of the information regarding whitlow is limited and what there is can sometimes be conflicting. Is it typical for HSV to manifest in herpetic whitlow in a primary infection without overt genital symptoms? I've read that autoinocculation from genital HSV can lead to herpetic whitlow but mainly in primary infections.
Avatar m tn 1) What is the medication of choice and daily dosage to lessen the degree of viral shedding. 2) How long should it be taken before relations begin 4) What side effects are typical 5) Do any studies indicate problems from long term use. (and what would be characterized as long term use) 6) Is there any reason to believe that long term use lessens the benefit of the medication.
Avatar m tn If one partner is infected with hsv2 how does suppressive therapy work for the uninfected partner if they are taking suppressive medication as well? Upon ending the relationship how long before a test can be considered accurate in diagnosing HSV2? My understanding is that suppressive therapy itself can cause a test to read negative by ELISA levels by suppressing viral levels. What levels of Acyclovir do you generally reccommend daily for effective suppressive therapy?
Avatar f tn The results of the current study should be available in 9-12 months. After that, if it works, it could take another year or two to become available. I would suggest your partner be tested for HSV. There is a good chance that he is infected with one or both viruses already and the information from his test will help you in considering what precautions to take. If he is infected, there is little to worry about in terms of transmssion.
Avatar m tn It's true that the initial HSV infection is usually the worst, but that doesn't mean that not treating you will protect you from future outbreaks. It doesn't work that way. And there's no need to delay until seeing your gynecologist. HSV treatment should always be started ASAP; in my clinic, we never wait until the diagnosis is confirmed. The drug is harmless, and the sooner it is begun, the more effective it is. You should take your first dose tonight.
Avatar m tn Finally, perhaps you now understand that it was a mistake for your partner to start taking valacyclovir. It doesn't work to prevent herpes when taken after exposure, and it's always best to wait for a definite diagnosis rather than treating symptoms without knowing the cause for sure. Anyway, as I said above, the news about herpes is good. But do follow-up on the possibility of NGU that would require you be treated. I hope this has helped.
Avatar n tn BTW, valtrex and famvir work the same way. To take one drug expecting it to have a different effect than the other is not a good use of your time or money. There is herpes resistant to valacyclovir and related drugs but it is very rare and typically resolves in the same fashion as other herpes infections. I would suggest you see a health care provider (possibly a dermatologist if that is easy) and have them take a look. That is the best way to resolve this.
2112675 tn?1335757859 Yes that makes sense...and it is a shame that there is always someone willing to take advantage of people desperate to cure themselves of what ails them. Researching and asking questions really is the best way to wrap your brain around any of this. I am 41 and thought I knew how to protect myself..this will never happen to anyone else I know because I will be telling people about oral to genital transmission.
Avatar n tn and to your partner for being open with you about it. The first thing for you to do is decide how important it is to avoid herpes and balance that with the importance and potential longevity of the relationship. Lots of monogamous couples simply decide to not worry much about it. The biggest stress/problem with genital HSV-2 is the potential to transmit it to other partners, and the effect that might have on your future relationships--the obligation to inform future partners, etc.
Avatar f tn Since there is no way to know for sure how long I've had this virus, I'm just trying to err on the side of caution with regards to my infectivity of a discordant partner and assuming it's new. (Newly discovered, at least) I'd just read that this virus is much more active in the first 6 months -2 years, and I wondered to what degree? Does a 4%/year potentially jump to a 20%/year chance female to male if its the first year of infection?
Avatar n tn and even if somehow it were related to your HSV infection, it doesn't mean you are shedding the virus. As long as you take valacyclovir and also avoid sex when having an obvious HSV outbreak, it is very unlikely she will be infected. Not knowing the cause of your penile pain, I cannot suggest any treatment. As I said, it surely is unrelated to your herpes (unless possibly a psychological effect resulting from anxiety or stress over the herpes).
55646 tn?1263664409 Instead of an oral medication to treat herpes, Genocea out of Boston has taken the approach of stimulating the immune system to respond more robustly to the herpes virus in people who are already infected with the virus. The routinely available oral medicines interfere with replication of the virus, but this treatment is designed to allow the immune system to respond more effectively to the virus and subsequently reduce the frequency of recurrences and reduce viral shedding.
Avatar n tn If that were the case, it would be good news since canker sores are not infectious, If I were you I would not be concerned about continuing to take the valacyclovir- it is among the safest drugs we have and as long as you don't have severe kidney disease (as in needing dialysis) you do not need to worry. While the FDA has only approved the drug for a year as suppression, many of us have patients who have taken it without problems for more than a decade.
Avatar f tn So I'm hoping as my body gets acclimated to the low continuous hormone that may help my outbreaks. I'm wondering how long I should continue with valacyclovir? Just was switched to it about ten days ago, but have had new coldsores arise during this time. Any thoughts on how long to give it a shot for? Also, does anyone know typical dosage? I was prescribed 500mg once a day, but from what I've read people are supposed to have a higher dose during outbreaks...
Avatar m tn OTOH, if your outbreaks are mild and not all that bothersome, suppressive therapy is certainly optional. Many people take it to protect partners -- but when both members of a couple are sharing HSV-2, there's no point. Even without treatment, couples don't "ping pong" their mutual infections back and forth. Don't beat yourself over the head about your sexual decisions at the time.
Avatar n tn If this was an allergic reaction to the cat (or something else), is it really feasible that an allergen exposure 9 weeks ago would still be generating symptoms? (e.g. how long does it take for the lining of the urethera/bladder to repair itself?) Finally, what do you make of the nighttime relief?
Avatar m tn As said before it could have possibly happened during sleep but I woke up feeling fine and didn't feel any pain at the time, it was only later the next day it started aching. If it is possible to injure it in some way then how long would it take for it to get better? It has been 4 nights in a row now that its ached. I find it aches the most when semi-aroused when I wake up in the night or the morning.