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How many days can you take Valtrex?

Discussion in 'Herpes Treatment Zone' started by greatday, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. greatday

    greatday Member

    Oct 26, 2009
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    I know this seems like a stupid question, but I was prescribed valtrex three days ago in the emergency room for a miserable outbreak (only my second and I was diagnosed three years ago HSV1) in my cervix and on my vulva. I have now used up the three days scrip but I am still having sores and pain.
    I have a refill for the valtrex. what i want to know is can you keep taking it longer than 3 days? I have been taking 2 (500 mg) tablets a day. I don't have a doctor to call and I don't want to sit in emergency for 8 hours again:-D
    I asked the pharmacist if i could refill and keep taking it and she said well it depends on what your treating.
    I don't know what she means.
    Have any of you taken Valtrex longer than 3 days? Also, is it safe..I mean is it one of those drugs we're going to see on commercials with lawyers asking us to sue in a few years???
    I hate meds. If i don't take the valtrex will the herpes go away on its own?
    What is the normal amount of time for a herpes outbreak to last. I am on my 10th day...is this normal?
    Thank you for any help.
  2. ntdc

    ntdc Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2009
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    people on suppressive therapy take 500-1,000mg daily, this is a common dose but you might want to check with a doctor first just in case. you can probably call the hospital and schedule an appt or talk to the prescribing doctor.
  3. JBnATL

    JBnATL Staff Member

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    Jul 15, 2009
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    I have taken anti-virals for years with no problems

    When I am dating someone I take 400 mg of Acyclovir (cheaper versus Valtrex) daily. I have been doing so for years with no side effects.

    Walmart carries Acyclovir for $4 for a 90 prescription.

    Good luck!

  4. justmyself

    justmyself Active Member

    Aug 17, 2009
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    My doctor prescribed 1 gram Valtrex tablets 2 times a day for 10 days when I had my first outbreak. My boyfriend got the same exact dosage. I would definitely ask for a higher dosage.
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