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 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.