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User Reviews for Valacyclovir

Also known as: Valtrex

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Herpes Simplex, Muco...compromised Host 3 reviews 3 medications
   
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Herpes Simplex, Muco...nocompetent Host 5 reviews 2 medications
   
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Cold Sores 176 reviews 22 medications
   
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Herpes Simplex, Suppression 87 reviews 4 medications
   
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Summary of Valacyclovir reviews 292 reviews 9.0

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I've use this med when I was in high school, it dosen't work at all for me . I was following the dosage and nothing happen at all. With this med I've had the worst and longest outbreak so far it lasted for about 20+ day . I tried polysporin patch it works a little bit. The main thing that I do to heal the outbreak , its taking 750 mg of magnesium a day with L lysine 2000 mg a day with zinc 50 mg a day, potassium works too. The main thing you should focus on its your diet I put some garlic on the sore when it appears but like HELL but it seem to work. For the sleeping time I put ( de l'argile blanc ) from Lancome its a mask that if you apply on the lips and sores it will keep it dry. This is what works for me now. I hope to discover some new remedy in the future. Sorry for my bad english I'm french from Canada and I wish nothing but the best for you all."

   
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Deacon F May 7, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Mucocutaneous/Immunocompetent Host: "We have had the worse run in our house, our 15months old twins have HSV1 in there mouth!! They were so sick, I caught it off them! Being there mum I would have to apply gel in there mouth, so I did so as normal and then with out thinking I have had to race to the bathroom to use the loo and forgot to wash my hands, now as a result of that I have given myself genital herpes and boy am I mad!! This is the most disgusting thing and painful thing that has ever happened to me! Now hubby and I are worried hubby's going to catch it off me! I'm just guttered by this!! Docs given me some valacyclovir to use but we are 2 days in and my mouth and down stairs areas are still only getting worse! I'm praying things are going to get better really soon!"

   
9.0

Alice glider April 27, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I only take this medication when I feel an outbreak coming. It's a burning sensation in my Vagina. I take two 500mg daily for about a week and a half. I wind down to 1 pill by day 5. I'm in the clear by day 8. The outbreak never comes to blisters. Its like a home run. I only catch an outbreaks once or twice a year. I actually forget I have it until I get the sad reminder. It is usually stimulated by my stress. Hope this was helpful."

   
10

Keep the Faith April 20, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Valtrex is amazing! I have suffered my whole life from cold sores, usually covering with makeup, alcohol, abreva (obviously nothing worked) then my doctor suggested valtrex which is phenomenal!!!! My outbreaks only last maybe 3 days compared to 8-12!"

   
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Daniellem88 April 17, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "This drug has been 100% effective, I first start taking 500mg and had just had mild out breaks, decided to up the dose to 1mg a day and had no outbreaks since then. Highly recommend taking it for those who experience more than 12 outbreaks a year."

   
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Joana M April 12, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Had cold sores all my life... got my first breakout at age 15 and it was terrifying I had no idea what they were. Used everything and tried everything and nothing worked! It was hell. In January I went to the dermatologist and he saw that I had cold sores so he prescribed me valtrex. It's life changing, and what I love most is I actually see a change within the first day or second day. It stops the swelling and stops the cold sores from growing... it's amazing. Call your doctor and ask him for some valtrex!"

   
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Lizzy M. March 16, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cytomegalovirus Infection: "I am immune-compromised from ME/CFS for 17 years. This drug at a dose of 1500 mg/day restored my cognitive clarity to 100%. At only 1000 mg/day my cognitive clarity fell off substantially...a 20 point IQ drop, perhaps. When my MD took away my Valtrex one time because she thought my kidneys were at risk after I had white cells in a urine test, I became pseudo-demented and had to use a three-wheeled walker without Valtrex! I also have vestibular migraine that is treated with 350 mg/day of topamax and it gets worse without the Valtrex. As soon as I went back on the Valtrex, I perked up immediately and didn't need the walker."

   
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Seizethecarp (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 14, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I was diagnosed w hsv1 + 2 around my buttocks about a year and a half ago. Ever since my initial outbreak I've been taking 500mg of Valtrex daily. I've never experience any side effects -- I also take birth control and drink regularly. I've never experienced a full outbreak since the initial one. Sometimes when I go out of town I'm not great about taking meds and I'll feel symptoms coming on after a few days of missing it, so I'll take 1g for a couple days and then that makes it go away. I don't *think* I have a severe case -- the initial outbreak was extremely uncomfortable, but immediately after taking meds the pain went away followed by the blisters healing. Quick recovery w valtrex -- I doubt I'll ever go off!"

   
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KeepingOn (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 8, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "I LOVE this medication!!! I have suffered with cold sores since I was an infant, and it has always been something I just "dealt with"... AKA stay home from school, miss work, hide from the world for 2 weeks 2-4 times a year.. I was prescribed this medication in my late teens and it truly is a miracle drug! I take it as soon as I feel a tingle, or as soon as I see something pop up and it will either A: Get rid of it before it pops up, or B: limit it to the size it is currently and make it go away fast! I always keep some on hand!"

   
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ValtrexLover (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 27, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I've suffered with severe cold sores all my life. When I was a kid they robbed me of all confidence and severely influenced the choices I made in life. In my mid-20s I realized that if I avoided UV and certain foods (tomatoes, citrus, chocolate) I could reduce the number of outbreaks, but I still suffered horribly on a monthly basis. Then I had to have eye surgery, and I was prescribed Valtrex to get rid of a cold sore I had at the time. The surgery didn't work out, but I would have gone through the whole painful process again just to find out about this drug. For the past 4 years, if I experience any tingle I take around 10 pills over 36 hours and the outbreak halts in its tracks. Almost no visible problems. Absolutely life changing!"

   
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Born Again (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 22, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I don't tend to write reviews but this medication has been such a blessing. It is a horrible feeling knowing that you have this STI but I just keep reminding myself that it is so common. I have been on this medication since July 2016. I was prescribed it after my 1st breakout in June 2016. I have not had a breakout since my initial breakout. My husband has not contracted herpes. I didn't have any side effects when starting the medication. I usually take it faithfully during the week but on weekends I tend to forget to take it."

   
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ONTARIOGIRL (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 22, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I've suffered from cold sore since I was a baby. I remember having 3 at once in middle school and a huge one my senior year. In my 20s, I started to get them 5 or more times per year. The pain was unbearable sometimes as they flared up and weeped. I finally asked my doctor if there was something I could do. She gave me a 90 day script for valtrex and it's been amazing. If I catch it in the tingle stage, it barely forms. One time, I've missed the tingle and a blister has started to form.. it was puffy the next day and then It was flat and not puffy the NEXT DAY! Never broke and weeped, but just gradually went away. I recommend this a million times over."

   
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Leigh18 February 16, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I have been taking Valtrex as a suppression for 2 years right after my initial Hsv2 outbreak, which was THE WORST pain of my life, urinary retention, had to wear a catheter. I refuse to come off this drug because it scared the living heck out of me. I never want to go through that EVER again. Valtrex is my savior drug. My gyno put me on it right after the initial. Cleared me up fast and I have zero side effects (I literally don't even know I've taken the drug) I asked if I can stay on it, as I am more terrified of getting anything like my initial outbreak. Since I have been on Valtrex I have not had any outbreaks but 1 little sore per year will pop up.I even skip days sometimes, but if I do I have this constant itch. Keeps Hsv2 away."

   
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jc22 February 10, 2017

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For Herpes Zoster: "I had shingles for 3 months"

   
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Spacy (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 9, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "Just started using Valtrex for cold sores, I'm 36 and suffered since I was young with these nasty little buggers. I can remember calling off work cuz they are so embarrasing, painful, and just gross in general. I've tried everything over the counter and have read so many reviews and advice on how to shorten the cold sore, I've spent hundreds of dollars experimenting to stop them. I finally went to my doctor and she gave me Valtrex and said take two immediately at first onset like tingle or little bump. Just yesterday I was sitting at my desk and I felt the tingle and tiny bump, I took two valtrex right away, then put a compeed patch over it, took another Valtrex 12 hours later and woke up to lil bump, have to take it right away to work best"

   
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Jennananabooboo February 8, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "Hey everyone So I contracted HSV2 about two and a half years ago. Devastating but my life is not over. I began taking Acyclovir when I had outbreaks, but the occurred about every two months in the beginning, which is not ideal. I started taking Valacyclovir 500 mg daily. It worked (mostly) but I would get one or two outbreaks every couple months. I finally switched to 1g a day. I have not had an outbreak since and I feel absolutely AMAZING. I have been on Valacyclovir for I would say about a year and 4 months. My boyfriend is so supportive and does not have it. I only take it now so that I don't transmit to him. I have a question though: How long can people take it DAILY? Not just for outbreaks? I have been trying to do some research.THANK"

   
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stilllovemyself (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 8, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Had a colds for about week tried using abreva didn't help it went to the emergency they prescribed me valtrex right after the first dose you see a major progress the way it looks I may be healed completely in 3days this stuff does work don't waste money on abreva just call your doctor for some valtrex!!!!!"

   
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Female 26 (taken for less than 1 month) February 7, 2017

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "Hello, all. I was diagnosed with Herpes Simplex 1 early 2016. Began taking Valacyclovir everyday once diagnosed. It has completely saved my life and my confidence. It's an easy pill to take and haven't had any outbreaks or symptoms since the initial outbreak. If you're suffering... this is the medication to take! Best wishes to all!"

   
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Stoney G January 28, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "I am experiencing severe hair loss and breaking of hair and severe dry skin"

   
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ddst January 23, 2017

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For Cold Sores: "I suffer from chronic cold sores for 18 years. I used to just get them on my lips. The last 5 years I noticed it spread to different locations, but I stopped getting them on my lips (unless I use chap sticks, lip sticks, or etc). My nostrils were constantly afflicted and my nose hurt all the time. In last 3 years I noticed sores on my body that would not heal! My first doctor did nothing to help me, but a year ago new doctor put me on 1G valtrex generic.... after that everything stopped, everything healed. After 3 months we lowered it to 500 mg. I take it daily! Best medicine to help me..... no outbreaks and it has been 1 year and 2 months!"

   
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Jmoreland1982 (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 19, 2017

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "Male with genital herpes. One valacyclovir hcl 500mg tablet per day. Never tested one way or another but the doctors indicated the patient is the better judge of the better treatment. The option exists to only take the medicine at the time of an outbreak but the suppression works well without obvious side effects. Best guess 10 years worth of suppression treatment without obvious side effects. And for those rating the drug with a low score please do research on the herpes and valacyclaovir/ Valtrex / Acyclovir. Acyclovir is the least cost 2-3 X a day option but Valtrex (or the generic Valtrex) is a once a day option at a higher cost. Herpes is managed, not cured. Occasionally I forget to take the medicine without issue."

   
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works without issues December 18, 2016

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "First time using valtrex(generic) after mixed results with every single treatment out there. First sign was a very small red bump at 9pm, missed the tingle stage. Took 2 1g tablets and started using ice to not let it grow. Fell asleep around 11pm and applied some tea tree oil. Woke up to almost nothing. Small red mark that was not raised or tender. Unnoticeable. Forgotten by next day. Worth every penny"

   
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First timerq December 15, 2016

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "I've gotten cold sores for years. I've had some disfiguring experiences with larger ones that scab over on or around my lips. They started in my 30's and over thirty years, have always been with me. Sometimes I go for 7-8 months without being affected but they never cease completely. There are times when I get one, it runs its course for about 10 days, then in a week or two, get another that can be more severe. Generally, it works well. Although it is still effective at controlling an outbreak and reducing healing time, it is far from a cure and outbreaks can still result in blisters even when taken A.S.A.P. after first signs. TIMING IS IMPORTANT. Take at first tingle is a good rule but if outbreak occurs during sleep, not much can be done."

   
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ABfan December 9, 2016

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Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Cold Sores: "Does anyone else take Valtrex everyday for prevention? I am not so sure about Valtrex working for me. When I first started taking Valtrex, over two years ago, my dentist told me to take 4 pills at the first tingle sign and then again 4 pills a certain amount of time later. I always followed the directions. It never really seemed to make a difference, a cluster of blisters always showed up. It might have shortened the healing time. After three months in a row of sores, I called my family doctor in tears. So for over a year and half now, I have been taking a Valtrex everyday as prevention. I think I had an outbreak in the early part of the year and one in November and now one in December. It just STINKS!!"

   
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Kandcats December 7, 2016

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For Herpes Simplex, Suppression: "Had to stop taking this medicine after 2 pills. Severe side effects included abdominal boating, gas, nausea, and pain. Also had increase tinnitus and head ache. Almost went to "Urgent Care," but symptoms decreased very slowly after 2 days."

   
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skalenACS.net (taken for less than 1 month) November 21, 2016

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