I am in panic mode right now. Like many of you I have suffered all my life with cold sores, some outbreaks worse then others.This one I have right now is bad. 3 cold sores all at bottom lip ( I am devastated). Woke up Sunday morning, felt a tingle but wasn't sure so I let a few hours pass and blisters started to form. It is Monday night, I took my 1st dose (2000mg) of Valacyclovir at 4pm, it is now 10pm and still nothing. My next dosage (2000mg) is at 4am. My question is when will it take effect? And what difference will I notice? I am leaving for Miami on Wednesday and really depressed bc of these cold sores, pls help! I need answers. Thank you
I have dealt with cold sores for a long time. One thing that I have found very helpful, other then early treatment, is taking 3 Advil. I happened to be on a script for 800mg ibuprofen when I hurt my back while I had an outbreak. Though they didn't do much for my back pain I was amazed at how the swelling and pain subsided from my cold sore. Now whenever I have any tingle I try to use acyclovir, abreva and take 3 Advil ASAP. Seems to work for me and in most cases stops progression immediately and gone in a few days. I always take more Advil before going to bed as it seems that things flare up more at night for me. That's my plan, not sure if this is a bad thing but it seems to be the only thing I've found that gives me relief especially when I have more severe outbreaks. Hope this is helpful for others.
I should ask my Dr. Why not prescribe a stronger anti inflammatory to people who suffer from cold sores. It seems that if you can control the swelling the less symptoms you have and the less severe the sores get.
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