Medzino can prescribe Valacyclovir to manage genital herpes at all stages. Below are the recommended treatment courses we can prescribe based on your individual circumstances;
If this is your first (initial) episode of herpes, it is recommended that you take:
- 1000mg x 14 tablets (twice daily for 7 days) or
- 1000mg x 20 tablets (twice daily for 10 days)
If you have previously had a herpes outbreak and this is a recurrent episode, the following treatment options are recommended:
- 500mg x 6 tablets (twice daily for 3 days)
- 1000mg x 5 tablets (once daily for 5 days)
If you want to use Valacyclovir to avoid future herpes outbreaks, you should follow the guidelines for suppressive therapy:
- 500mg x 90 tablets (once daily for 3 months) or
- 1000mg x 90 tablets (once daily for 3 months)
Please note: The 500 mg daily dose may be less effective in patients who experience very frequent (≥10) recurrences per year (CDC [Workowski 2015]).
You should always follow your doctor's advice when taking any medication.
How to take Valacyclovir
The dosing and duration of treatment vary depending on what your doctor is treating. For example the duration of treatment for cold sores is much shorter and the duration of treatment for genital herpes. It is important to take the entire length of treatment prescribed.
Valacyclovir can be taken with or without food. However, if stomach upset occurs, take it with meals.