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User Reviews for Lysine to treat Herpes Simplex, Suppression

Also known as: L-Lysine, L-Formula

Lysine has an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 from a total of 71 ratings for the treatment of Herpes Simplex, Suppression. 92% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 4% reported a negative effect.

Lysine Rating Summary

9.2/10 average rating

71 ratings from 81 user reviews.

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Reviews for Lysine

moon_nev September 25, 2018

“I was sexually assaulted last Nov and found out I was infected with herpes simplex 2 I just had my first outbreak a few days ago. Ashamed, scared, in pain I did reading and heard about l-lysine. I just shook my head knowing nothing was gonna work and can't afford the medicine from the doctor. I bit the bullet yesterday and bought L-lysine and took it ASAP 1,000mg. I'm sitting here right now writing this and feel no pain. I'm shocked. I will be taking this product from now on. That monster took my confidence and freedom, but I know I'm gonna slowly get it back.”

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AUD · Taken for 10 years or more September 19, 2019

“Lysine is the go to for all things to do with skin and soft tissue. Cold Sores can be gone within two-three days by taking two 1000mg (or 2000mg for faster results) every 2 hours throughout the day - overloads your system and gets its sorted fast. Even better used with a counter cream. This works the exact same for genital ones also. If you get them at tingle phase, this can work within a matter of hours rather than days. Arginine does the opposite it feeds the virus, so always avoid foods high in arginine if you have and outbreak (eg chocolate, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, flaxseeds, sesame, sunflower seeds, eggs) Works also really good for healing for cuts, ulcers or any other soft skin issues. Been using it like this for over 10 years and works an absolute charm.”

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NoLie · Taken for less than 1 month March 13, 2018

“DO NOT TAKE LYSINE PILLS UNTIL YOU READ THIS. Once you start taking the pills, you cannot stop. If you get outbreaks a couple of times a year (that's not bad) once you take the pills and stop taking'em later, you will start getting outbreaks every other week. DON'T DO IT. Just stick to the lysine cream and only when you start to have an outbreak. Most of the comments are from marketing companies paid to promote a certain vitamin or health product like grape seed extract will cure sinus infection and bad breath (no it won't); Even the strongest antibiotics that you've never heard of, some times can't. Your body can defend itself against the herpes virus most of the time and keep it at bay (use a lysine cream when it can't). If you start taking the pills, your body will no longer fight the virus and it will start emerging frequently once you stop the pills.”

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CMK August 6, 2018

“I read these posts and wished to share my experience using L-Lysine since 1975. When first "infected" with genital herpes, no one seemed to know much about this virus. I followed a good path that mostly kept me outbreak free. I never passed herpes on to anyone else. (A blessing!) Over the decades, I found increasing my level of L-Lysine up to 3,000 mg from my initial daily dose of 500 mg kept the herpes at bay. No outbreak for 15 years. Emotional stress, not enough sleep and/or not eating properly is why I ever had any outbreaks. My outbreaks a year occurred during some rough patches of my life rather than having herpes outbreaks continuously over the years. Good mates and healthy, happy lives make a huge difference for many folks with herpes. Diet matters! Chocolate, nuts, egg and other foods do "counteract" the L-lysine you take, so you need to keep those at a moderate intake. It has never caused me any problems. ”

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Jodi · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 29, 2019

“I got genital herpes from my current boyfriend at the end of January. I had a horrible, painful outbreak I couldn’t even walk or sleep at night. This lasted for 3 weeks. I read and read and read and finally came across L-Lysine. I started taking them immediately as soon as my first outbreak had ended, and ever since then I've been taking one 1,000 mg pill every single day along with a 1,000 mg pill of Vitamin C. For 2 months I did not have a single break out, up until I finished the tablets and decided to see what would happen if I didn’t take them. And look at that! A few days of not taking L-Lysine, the pain began and the itching! I immediately went to the drug store and bought another bottle and took 3 of them. A couple hours after taking them all my symptoms were gone... This stuff is literally AMAZING I highly recommend Lysine to anyone suffering from this annoying condition of herpes.”

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Anazing · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 2, 2020

“Seriously lysine is phenomenal. I realized I had hsv-1 and hsv-2 at the same time. I think I somehow gave myself genital herpes from my cold sores unfortunately. I thought my life sucked and I truly got so very upset and depressed. Started with lysine. When I felt an outbreak of either coldsore or genital issue I took 2 *1000 mg tablets every couple of hours and flooded my system. No lie within 12 hours both my coldsore and other sites disappeared, no lie. I'm kinda so very changed!!! Have some hope”

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HSV1 · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 21, 2017

“I was assaulted and raped 4 years ago I knew something was wrong went to the doctor and was visually diagnosed with HSV given medicine and sent home to deal. After crying for what seemed to be forever I went into complete denial but I had heard people taking L-lysine for cold sores so I started taking 1000mg everyday and have never had an out break. I didn't change my diet or exercise all I did was take lysine everyday. I was in a relationship for a year always used a condoms and he never contracted the virus. Lysine has given my life back to me. Never give up we are all worth loving ❤”

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FOH! HSV! · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 30, 2016

“I live a complete normal life. I found out after I met my soon to be wife ten years ago. We got married after and had children. She worked doing reasearch on std' s and she recommend lysine for me to take. I take 500mg a day and I increase dose if feeling of tingle starts. I encourage more people to share to help eliminate stigmatizm associated with hsv. I think too much alcohol is my trigger. I honestly think that the drug companies don't want a cure for this disease as well as others. So those that are stressed because of this should move forward and shift their focus on being positive and proactive against this virus. Please help others!”

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Faith · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 11, 2020

“Lysine is a must for anyone infected with HSV. I find that taking 1000 mg daily really helps keep the virus in check. On the rare occasion when it does activate I take Auntie Vira’s oil, several droppers daily for a few days. Taking the oil immediately shuts down the virus even if a blister has already started to form, it stops progressing and there is no outbreak. I have lived outbreak free since I learned to combine L-Lysine and Auntie Vira’s”

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Samantha December 7, 2019

“I’ve had HSV-2 for 9 years, and have an outbreak a few days before my period-so I get tingles every month. Valtrex works in days, but l-lysine works in hours. If I start getting an outbreak, I take 2000mg every 2 hours until it disappears, and follow up with valtrex the next day. L-lysine gets rid of the first sign of outbreak, as long as you overload on it. Love it, love it-especially when I’m low on valtrex.”

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NoPain4me April 8, 2016

“I've had HSV-2 genital herpes for 6 years now & as soon as I found out, I searched the internet for forums and medical advice to help myself live as comfortably as possible with this irritable condition. I started taking 1000mg of L-lysine daily with 500mg of Gigartina Red Marine Algae capsules and added 1 capsule of Extra Strength ViraStop 2 and boy I tell you; no ooutbreaks since my initial discovering that my bf gave it to me during an annual pap smear. Those 3 supplements together KILL THAT VIRUS!!!! I hope they never stop making those supplements because they keep me OUTBREAK, ITCH, BURN, YEAST-FREE. Thank GOD for new holistic vitamins because I'm not going to embarrass myself by getting Valtrex @ my local pharmacy.”

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KClean February 12, 2010

“Lysine is a wonderful amino acid that suppresses cold sores (fever blisters/herpes simplex/HSV-1). It is also good to take Vitamin C and E with the lysine, but cut down on any supplements and foods high in L-arginine such as chocolate, peanuts, gelatin, white and whole wheat flour, wheat germ, carob, oats and coconut. The ratio between lysine and L-arginine plays a role in HSV-1 and HSV-2 as does stress and not getting enough sleep.”

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wheatRN · Taken for 10 years or more March 1, 2019

“I am an RN and I swear by l-lysine ever since it alleviated my, then 3 yr old, daughter's constant HSV1 around her mouth and under her nose. At the time we would take 3 pills, crush them and put them in something yummy and give it to her. Her worst case took 2-3 days to heal completely. At that time her mouth was so bad that she couldn't open it and Abreva was doing NOTHING. By the first night she could open her mouth and they were crusting. By the next day they were noticeably smaller and well on their way to healing up. She is now 15 and we still use it. I tell EVERYONE to use it.”

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Leah · Taken for less than 1 month March 24, 2019

“I normally don't write reviews about something unless it really works and can possibly benefit or help others. In 2012 I was diagnosed with HSV 2 which left me devastated and confused about the possibility never being intimate with someone ever again. My doctor prescribed me Valtrex but the side effects like nausea was too much for my body to handle and I only took a pill when I felt an outbreak occurring. A friend of mine recommended lysine powder as an alternative. I recently started to have an outbreak (which if you know is the most annoying thing possible...especially for women). Took a 1/4 teaspoon of lysine powder and mixed it with a small glass of juice at 6:00 p.m., ate dinner and went to bed. At 1:30 a.m. got up and went to the bathroom and OMG I noticed the tingling and pain had subsided greatly...the outbreak was clearing up!!! I am now a 100% true believer that this works!!!”

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CandieDragonfly · Taken for 10 years or more October 26, 2018

“Unlike one comment on here saying everyone on here is from a drug company is wrong. I am a stay at home mom and wife. I got cold sores when I was 7 and get them 3x a year. I hate getting these as people who see it stare like you are a nasty person. It's embarrassing. I got tired of it and looked at what others did to help. I came across a post where someone had said they took 3000mg at first sign of a outbreak and had excellent results. I figured what the hell I have nothing to lose. Sure enough I took Lysine at the first sign of my cold sore and the bump and tingling were gone within 24 hours. This stuff is a miracle drug. Something that would last for 14 days barely shows at all. Trust me nothing works better.”

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Kiki · Taken for 2 to 5 years April 16, 2020

“I was getting small outbreaks occasionally for herpes and would take 1000 mg of lysine every few hours for the first day. Worked very quickly. If I get open sores that are very painful I use a 40 % zinc oxide baby diaper rash cream. Provides a barrier and helps immensely with pain and helps sores dry up fast.”

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MissSweden · Taken for less than 1 month August 18, 2019

“I got my second outbreak without realizing it was herpes and at first it didn't look like it, just some hard spots that itched and turned into sores as I scratched them up and hurt a little bit. And couple of days later the blisters started appearing... and I finally realized: it's herpes. Looked up stuff online, and I went to a herbal shop the day after and got myself a bottle of Lysine. I have also been using a piece of cotton drenched in alcohol that I put in between my butt cheeks for an hour or so (not sure if this actually did anything but it was supposed to help for itching and pain). 6 hours later the blisters had gone a LOT flatter and more purple/red-ish, 12 hours after taking the pills they were almost completely flat and almost not visible plus the pain stopped for the most part. 24 hours after I took them I can barely see the blisters anymore even though I CAN feel them slightly but they're about to heal up. SO HAPPY!”

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Lysine Lover · Taken for less than 1 month September 26, 2015

“After over a decade of dealing with outbreaks, I finally decided to try Lysine last week. My outbreaks are triggered from sex - nothing else. If I go for long periods without sex I don't get any outbreaks. Once I have sex or ejaculate I start to feel the tingle a few hours later. Sometimes I can have sex two days in a row before I feel the sensation. I bought the Lysine after getting the tingle and getting that "nervy" feeling under my skin. I took 1000mg every three hours on that first day. By the next day, the feeling was almost gone and I took three more 1000mg. No outbreak. I was so happy. I had sex five days straight and still no tingle. I haven't taken any for the past two days. I will continue to experiment with it.”

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Jane79 October 18, 2016

“Contracted herpes from my cheating lying ex boyfriend, my mother found l-lysine tablets and recommended I try them, I take one 1000mg every day and haven't had an outbreak since, until I was unable to take them due to throat problems. But these are honestly brilliant, I live by them.”

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Cleatus · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 19, 2019

“Lysine is what you need for cold sores ! I used to suffer from outbreaks every 3 months or so. I used every over the counter product and cream there was. (Throw them out !) Lysine does not work over night! You need to get it into your system. Start taking 1000 mg a day and when you start to feel the tingle of an outback starting up it to 2 pills (2000) mg a day for the duration of the outbreak. It will reduce the duration and severity of your outbreak. The longer you take it the better it will work. Now I get maybe one or two that start but never outbreak fully a year !”

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Adesina October 27, 2014

“I found out I have genital herpes about 5 years ago. I had a violent outbreak, it was HORRIBLE. I read about vitamins I could take to help with HSV and lysine had the best reviews. So I started taking 2 1000mg tabs daily. I didn't have an out break again until like a month ago. And it just so happens I ran out of lysine, and just didn't buy anymore about 2 weeks before I had my 2nd outbreak. So I live by this stuff.”

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Kpwv · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 23, 2020

“This is a wonder drug. I used to get a herpes outbreak two to three times a year. I take one 1000 mg lysine supplement a day and haven’t had one in two years. I just got back from a tropical vacation with lots of sun and alcohol. I should have upped my dose. I got an outbreak today. Have been taking two every four hours and it’s 50% gone!”

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markoff June 8, 2010

“I've known I had both oral and genital herpes for over 20 years. At first I had outbreaks several times a year. Later I started taking L-Lysine daily after a friend suggested it. The outbreak I was having at that time was of lesser intensity and duration than others I had had before. I started taking 2 500mg pills every day, I could miss a day or two with no problems and I had no outbreaks. I stopped for a while and had an outbreak. I noticed that the outbreak was preceded by a strange itch in the same location. The next time I stopped my daily regimen I always kept some L-Lysine with me. When I felt the itch again, I took 3 500mg L-Lysine right away ... the itch went away and no outbreak followed. Try it yourself. ”

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Life is better · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 28, 2016

“I won the lottery, my husband gets cold sores but when he gave it to me it wasn't my mouth that decided to breakout. Luckily my husband had been talking l-lysine for years to treat his cold sores. I take it at the first sign of tingling or immediately after sex as it's my biggest trigger. 1000mg for the first dose and 500mg a day for 3-5 days following. Stops it in its tracks every time. Also does the same for colds of you can catch them early enough.”

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Kara · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 28, 2018

“This stuff is amazing. I don’t take it permanently as I don’t want to become dependent on it but as soon as I feel symptoms starting like pains down the back of my legs and tingling I start taking 1000mg a day for a few days until symptoms have gone and I haven’t had one break out since I started taking it. Just the initial symptoms then lysine makes it go away within a couple of days. The real test was a few months back I had sharp pains down the back of my legs and I knew it was going to be a bad break out and I started taking it immediately and it just went away after a couple of days and never broke out, miracle. I wish I had discovered it sooner.”

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