Valtrex side effects long term

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Avatar f tn My husband and I both have an outbreak every time we have sex which is ruining our sex life. Long term effects of valtrex use is unknown outside of possible renal/liver imparement & I'm just not sure if I should continue taking it. Anyone else have similar experience or advice? Thanks!
Avatar f tn My doctor said these side effects are possible but unusual and that maybe it's some inactive ingredient in the medicine and that I could try taking acyclovir instead to see if that helps without the side effects. Wondering about other people's experience with side effects (maybe they subside eventually so worth it to suffer through them initially) with Valtrex and/or acyclovir and wondering if there are other options for suppressive therapy. Thanks!
Avatar n tn 1) Given three positive tests, is further testing really needed? 2) Is valtrex safe for long term use (i.e. five or ten years)? I cannot find much credible informtion regarding long term use, although I have seen some discussion boards that suggest kidney damage is possible if not likely. 3) Sometimes a feel a burning sensation on the surface of the skin in the groin and left hip, which is the side of the body the outbreaks were on.
Avatar f tn Has anyone experienced long-term issue with elevated EBV numbers going up and down, but aways elevated numbers? Which, I think, is termed "chronic/active infection." If so, how long did it last? Or, is lasting...
Avatar m tn It's not being dependent on a medication, it's giving you a better quality of life as well as protecting a partner - both of which are important. there are no long term effects to being on daily suppressive therapy that we are aware of at this point. They've been following a group of folks who have been taking acyclovir suppressively for 25+ years now and they have no issues.
Avatar n tn star ~ I'm sorry - I didn't mean to pry. Just in case, here are the main listed side effects of Valtrex ( acyclovir is made up of practically the same molecular structure ) "Headache, Diarrhea, Confusion, Decreased kidney function Dizziness, Nausea and vomiting, Abdominal Pain, Disturbances of liver function " Although the liver disturbances aren't mentioned on the valtrex webpage, it's worth taking a look at what's written.
101028 tn?1419606604 Absolutely not! There are no known long term effects to taking them. Acyclovir even almost went otc at one point - the main reasons it didn't was because it was feared that folks who could afford it because of their insurance would no longer be able to as well as the fear that self treating would result in folks not getting properly tested and syphilis being missed and self treated as herpes.
Avatar m tn and no, no long term side effects to any of the herpes antivirals.
Avatar n tn Daily suppressive therapy with valtrex is very safe. One can even argue that it's safer than taking tylenol. There are no long term side effects. It's been shown to reduce transmission to a partner by 50% if taken properly. There is far more good going to be had by him starting suppressive therapy than there is a risk for bad. The number of ob's has absolutely nothing to do with the risk of transmission!!! It just doesn't work that way.
3229560 tn?1347041110 Valtrex can cause kidney and liver issues, and renal issues, but all medications have a list of side effects, so far I have had no side effects at all, except I feel better, that's a great side effect !!!! Anyway, I didn't want to post this in here until I was on the treatment long enough to be pretty dang sure, nothing else could have turned this around like it has, and then I found the study Dr Lerner did.. So I am hoping with all of my heart !!
Avatar m tn He said in an immune-compromised patient, it could be 3 grams per day as needed, but no longer-term studies have been done about it to determine the upper-limit of the max safe long-term dose. Is this the consensus opinion? He said most doctors never go over 3 grams per day as this is equivalent to IV acyclovir in terms of plasma concentrations of the drug, and other IV drug options would be tried instead of increasing Valtrex dosage beyond that level.
Avatar m tn no, no long term side effects to taking herpes antivirals should you really be hsv2+ and decide to do suppressive therapy. A gp should be your best bet for herpes in theory but obviously some of them are better than others. You can see if there are any herpes support groups near you or herpes social groups ( check the ashastd.
Avatar n tn at this point you need to figure out if you have hsv1 or hsv2, then you can decide how to treat it. no long term side effects to taking daily suppressive therapy either.
Avatar m tn Can the virus get resistant to Valtrex ? Any long term side effects for me to continue taking Valtrex?
Avatar f tn My doctor prescribed me valtrex to suppress the virus. Will this actually lower the chance of transmission? Will it have long term side effects on my body?
Avatar m tn Is it still possible to transfer the HSV1 orally to the genitals of another person? Can the virus get resistant to Valtrex ? Any long term side effects for me to continue taking Valtrex?
Avatar n tn Abdominal pain is a common side effect. Usually it goes away after 1-2 weeks of being on suppressive therapy. If you were on valtrex suppressively a few weeks and then the abdominal pain started, assume it isn't from the valtrex and follow up on it with your provider. The abdominal pain starts when you start the medication, it doesn't occur a few weeks into it.
Avatar n tn And there is no theoretical reason, based on the chemistry of the drug, to suspect undetected, rare long-term side effects. That's not to say it can't happen, but the risks appear to be very low. However, do not be tempted to take the drug on and off for weeks at a time. It sounds like you might be doing this some of the time. Either take it continuously, or take it for just 2-3 days for each outbreak.
Avatar m tn 4) Long term valacyclovir treatment appears to be very safe, with few if any side effects. Going back to my advice about stopping treatment: No distant online forum gives official medical advice. You should discuss my opinion with the doctor or clinic that prescribed Valtrex and then follow their advice. Feel free to report back after you have been reevaluated as suggested. I'll be interested to know the outcome.
Avatar f tn we have over 15 years of info on taking valtrex suppressively non-stop now too. there are no long term side effects. no reason to stop taking it unless you want to. why have more ob's than you have to is my motto plus if your partner is negative, it helps protect them too. keep asking questions!
Avatar f tn try switching to acyclovir or famvir instead to see if either of them have less side effects for you. I myself had all sorts of issues on valtrex, even though I had take acyclovir regularly for years. I don't have the same issues while on acyclovir so I stick to that and it's 2x/day dosing for suppressive therapy. I really recommend stopping the valtrex for a month now, letting your body get a break and then trying one of the other antivirals.
Avatar n tn I have checked the archives but have not seen anything specific about cunnilingus as a long-term risk to transmit HSV. I am a hetero female with HSV-2 and use suppressive medication. I am in a relationship in which my partner and I engage in mutual unprotected oral sex and genital-to-genital body rubbing. We have not yet had intercourse.
Avatar f tn ( we have info on the safety of herpes antivirals for over 20 years now when taken suppressively. there are no long term side effects.
Avatar f tn ) you can take acyclovir for a lifetime. there are no long term side effects to herpes antivirals. follow up and make sure you don't have a bacterial vaginal infection and go from there. there's no such thing as your body adjusting to herpes. We have plenty of info now that shows that ob's don't dramatically decrease even after 5 years of being infected. shedding stays the same for over 20 years of being infected.
Avatar n tn We have info on over 25 years of acyclovir without any long term effects ( since valtrex is an acyclovir prodrug, same lack of issues but only 15 years of info on it which is still good ). how often do you see your partner? if it's once a month or more, might as well just take suppressive therapy every single day.
Avatar m tn With the oxygen thing there is some thing to it but not all that is claimed there are other oxygenation products available also but still have side effects if they are too strong(acid reflux and body chemistry issues).If your trying to get rid of something you will likely worsen you symptoms considerably and have additional problems and be forced to stop before you see any result. The mid oxygenation products are safe but will not do what you want ,they just raise your energy levels.
Avatar n tn Do I risk damage to my kidneys if I take this drug at a 500 milligram dose daily for long term use and is it effective long term? (I understand the study was for eight months, so there is no information on long-term effect after a year on Valtrex. What about other anti-virals? Since they have more track history, I wonder if I should switch to pill that's been out longer, as long as it also will reduce transmission risk?
Avatar m tn All these drugs are extremely safe with no known long term side effects. LIke you, I hope some of the newer approaches to HSV vaccines will be productive, but I am not highly optimistic. Even if I'm wrong and a good vaccine emerges, it likely will take the better part of a decade before something actually becomes available -- so don't hold your breath. I hope that helps.
Avatar n tn there are no long term side effects to taking the medication. Her smoking will do far more harm to her than valtrex ever could in the long run. Your risk of contracting hsv2 from her is overall very low to begin with. Suppressive therapy just puts the odds more and more in her favor.