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Review by Desperate Cold Sore Removal (taken for less than 1 month):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: You should only read this review if you have a cold sore that you need to have removed ASAP. I am 18 and in high school so there is nothing worse than walking around school with one. In my situation, I woke up in the middle of the Monday morning with a tingle on my lip. Prom is Friday. I was in panic mode because mine usually last 1-2 weeks. In this desperate measure, my mom called and got prescribed Valtex. I didn't think it would work because the cold sore was completely out and I missed the pre-forming stage. I took 2 Valtex on Monday at around 2 p.m and another 2 before I went to bed. I also applied Denavir. It is Tuesday night and the cold sore is completely gone! It's a miracle!
Review by thank goodness (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I'm 24 years old as a young female a cold sore was terror. I have always gotten them on and off throughout out the year and more so in the winter. As I got older stress and worry would trigger a cold sore and when I thought I had it healed another would come up right next to it. I tried everything OTC and anything to dry it out. Needless to say I was torturing myself until I mentioned to my Dr that I get them under stress and once one healed another came along. He suggested Valtrex 500 mg and to take one tablet everyday! I haven't had a cold sore since. And I've had a ton of stress since. My Dr is amazing and this is a miracle medication.
Review by redheadartiste (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Mucocutaneous/Immunocompromised Host: It's well worth it to ask your doctor to prescribe 1gm daily Valtrex for recurring cold sores. You can easily take from your daily prescribed to help immediately when you notice a cold sore start by then taking 1gm 3 times in 24 hours. The prescription for 3 pills costs the same as 30 days so I recommend to talk to your doctor.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: Where to begin...I have had cold sores for life. All year round, at least a few each month. Parents told me I have suffered from them when I was only 10 days old. They took me multiple times to emerge due the overwhelming appearance that you can imagine on an infant face. Growing up it never got easier. I had multiple blistering cold sores all around my mouth and also all around my nose even in my nose. There are many things that would trigger it such as stress, fever, dehydration. My skin was very sensitive to the point that when the dentist used to stretch my mouth to clean it I would get it. I have tried everything possible and only Valtrex worked for me. Now when I get it, it's once in a blue moon (when I'm dehydrated).
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I'm 27 years old and been a cold sore sufferer ever since I can remember. I've Tried everything under the sun to keep my outbreaks under control but nothing seemed to work. I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed this medicine. I usually get about 4 cold sores a year and since I have been prescribed this medicine I literally have not had one! I take 2 pills when I feel it coming on and it stops it dead in its tracks. This medication is a miracle to me, as we all know how embarrassing having a cold sore is. It has saved me from many Friday nights spent in bed hiding my face while all my friends are out and having fun. 10 out of 10!
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: For those who are prescribed Valtrex who then report they have not gotten relief--make sure your next prescription is not filled with the generic version. That happened to me, I had been taking Valtrex for about 10 years with great success. Then it stopped working to my dismay. I realized the prescription bottle contained the generic version. I had to go back to my dr and explain the generic version's ineffectiveness on me and to specify NO GENERIC. I'm back on Valtrex and it works wonderfully.
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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Varicella-Zoster: I am 54 years old and I suddenly came down with shingles on my right side of shoulder and back. When I took the Valtrex after 30 minutes I felt sudden relief. It didn't take away the pain but in combination with the Percocet I was able to live, not survive. Shingles are very painful and I don't know what I would have done without Valtrex. I would recommend it to anyone suffering from a viral.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I've been a cold sore sufferer for years. Growing up, I used to get outbreaks at least ten times a year, unfortunately, Valtrex wasn't around. About a year and a half ago, I got a terrible cold sore, while really sick, and it was my most painful and depressing one I've ever gotten. I went to the doctors and he then prescribed me Valtrex. I filled it right away. Even though my sore was full blown, ugly, and visible, he directed me to take 2g and then another 12 hours later another 2 grams. So I did exactly what he said. I woke up the next morning and what a difference. A sore I would of had for two weeks, was already completely scabbed overnight. Two weeks turned to six days, if that.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Mucocutaneous/Immunocompetent Host: This works great, if I catch it in time (I am usually able too) there are no visible symptoms. If I am little late (rarely) outbreaks are small and brief.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: By far the best (and only) medication to ever help my cold sores. I would get large painful blisters at the center of my upper lip that would stretch out to below my nose. They would take a week to break open, and at least a week but usually two for the scab to heal over and after that I would deal with a large red patch of skin there for another several weeks before fading back to normal. With my last outbreak I had Valtrex on hand and took the first dose within a few hours and two days later it's almost completely healed and no one has even been able to tell I had/have a sore. I will always have this medication on hand! I've been dealing with these for 10 years, not to oversell it but this medication has changed my life!
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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: Been dealing with cold sores for 26 years now. As soon as I feel the tingle I grab 2 Valtrex from my glove compartment or back pack combined with Denavir cream and I'm going on 2 years with no visible outbreaks. Officially have the perfect herpes weapon. Even though the medication is expensive it is so worth it because you only take it when you need it if your able to tell when you may get one.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I have had cold sores since I was a little kid and I'm always super mad and shocked a lot of the time that I wake up and find one. You would think after getting them forever that you would KNOW when you are getting one. Have used Zovirax, then Abreva became available and if you could time it right it worked AWESOME. I'm a smoker so I frequently spread the cold sores around my mouth, just as one is healing another will show up. Two months of continuous cold sores hurts and is embarrassing. My friend told me about Valtrex a year ago after having cold sore after cold sore. After the first dose the sore shriveled up, second dose they were scabbed and healing. Huge help with the pain factor too. Amazing, if you haven't already, TRY IT!
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I am 21 years old and I've been getting cold sores since I even remember. I am a new yorker so every winter there I am bound to wake up with multiple cold sores! My term saw me one day and prescribed me Valtrex. Life saver! It stops the itching and by the next day your cold sore is gone! I have tried everything else.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: As a 20 year old girl, a huge, ugly cold sore is pretty much one of the most unsightly things that could happen to your face. I've been getting them literally once a month since I was 11, guess I caught it at my gymnastics gym sharing water, and nothing has been more helpful than 2g of Valtrex at the FIRST sign. No OTC treatment ever shortened my healing time, but Valtrex completely stops the blisters in their tracks. If I take it right when I feel the tingle/bump, it USUALLY never even breaks the skin. I would highly recommend this medicine to anyone with a cold sore problem.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: Completely changed my life. Not a single outbreak while on Valtrex. Went off it just to see how I would do without & have had 2 very painful outbreaks.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I have suffered from cold sores since I was 3 months old. I'm now 25, I suffered bad cold sores with anything that I was emotional over. The big one is stress. My problem was I always missed the tingle, I would go to bed fine and wake up the next day with my whole bottom lip swollen, full of blisters. Over time it progressed to my cheek. Above my eyebrow, my chin and all my glands would swell. One day I woke up and couldn't open my eye. I had blisters all over my eyelid and it was completely swollen from my forehead down my cheek and the area in between. I was on every medicine. I was put on Valtrex 500mg and for the last 3 yrs and I have had very little breakouts and severity has decreased. Only side effect was dry skin but wont stop me taking it, never felt so confident.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I got my first cold sore when I was 3 years old. I am now 36, and have tried every topical ointment available over that time frame, both prescription and OTC. If you have recurrent cold sores you know all too well the stress associated with having one. A few years ago my doctors MA suggested I take a sample of Valtex, keep it on hand, and when I first sense a cold sore coming, take 1 gram, then wait 12 hours and take another gram, and do this for 2 full days - or 4 total doses. I was nearly sore free in 2 days. It works best if you catch it early, but still can be effective on a developed sore. I now ask my doctor for a 30 pill supply and keep it at the ready. I find I fill it once a year.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: Approx 1 week ago I started to feel and see a little dot starting to swell. I called my Dr immediately to request a prescription for Valtrex. However, my pharmacy provided me with the generic brand. I used the generic for 4 days 500mg the swelling slowed down but I could still feel the itch and new the generic wasn't working. I had a prescription put in for the name brand Valtrex after 1 day the dot started to go down and dry up. Valtrex is the way to go for cold sore survivors.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I woke up Day 1 with a Tighten lip, I reached for the Abreva, I put it on 5x a day the first day. I woke up the cold sore was twice it size my lip was so swollen, Day 2 I started using 200mg of acyclovir it seemed to help a little bit not much. After speaking back with my doctor he decided to give me Valtrex 2000mg 2x a day for 1 day. After my first dose I notice my lip wasn't as swollen, I take my second dose tonight at 11. I will keep you guys updated on how I'm doing! I hope it works as good as everyone says!
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: When I say I have NEVER, EVER taken/applied any medication to my cold sores before that is as effective as Valtrex, I MEAN IT. I have been dealing with this virus forever and I have tried everything. My doctor gave me a prescription to have on hand and 3 weeks ago, as I was afraid to ask for it at the pharmacy. 2 days ago though, when I woke up with that infamous tingle I ran and filled it up. I messed up the dosage but once I caught up, it REALLY began to disappear. By mid 2nd day, it was practically flat and I typically swell badly. Its day 3 and I'm back to normal. Thank God for Valtrex! Try it.
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: This was my third breakout ever! And worst ever. I am 24 yrs old if that helps. Well a small sore began to develop on my bottom lip. Friday morning my doctor prescribed Valtrex 500mg every 12hrs. I took 1000mg by 10am. Second dose by 8pm.It is now 12:45 pm Saturday and my lip is almost back to its normal size and it is almost completely dry and in scabbing stage. Dont hesitate!
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: For more than one year I%u2019m taking Valtrex, a 500 mg dose a day. I had a newborn daughter so I decided to take care of her against herpes, as you know, this virus can kill a kid younger than 3 months. I didn%u2019t have an outbreak all this period of time, it%u2019s wonderful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: I hate cold sores. I have gotten them sporadically for years and have tried it all. I had taken acyclovir pills and found that they did not help once the sore had broken the skin. Yesterday I woke up with a sore forming and FREAKED. I have a black tie event this weekend and needed it GONE. I ran to my Dr. and took my first dose of Valtrex around 11am. I did notice that it didn't really get bigger, but it wasn't disappearing. I took my second dose and went to sleep, this morning I woke up and while the sore is still there, it's already scabbed and MUCH better. I think it should be in a great place tomorrow for my event. While it didn't clear it up completely - it helped SO much in 24 hours. Now I can at least use some concealer!
Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: Honestly this is the only medication that has ever worked for my cold sores. Seems like as soon as I take the first dose the sore won't get any larger than it is at that moment and it begins to heal. Still goes through the stages of a scab but is much easier to live with and not nearly as visible, unsightly, or long lasting as they were in the past.
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