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Old 03-31-2005, 07:43 AM   #1
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Zovirax vs. Valtrex??

so I have a question about Zovirax as opposed to Valtrex. I read online that Zovirax should only be used as episodic treatment, and not for suppressive therapy. For suppressive therapy, Valtrex would be the medication to use. But Valtrex costs me about $110 a month on my insurance. I can get Zovirax for cheaper because its a generic. So, is there a generic for Valtrex that can be used as suppressive therapy? Or is Zovirax effective and safe to use as suppressive therapy?

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Old 03-31-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Zovirax vs. Valtrex??

I was told that valtrex was the only one for supressive and the only combination that helped reduce the risk of spreading it. I dont know why it's just what my dr said. I was on Asyclovir and it made my lips swell up, it was weird . . . . so back to valtrex it went.

Good luck, Id call the insurance co. I was paying more when I was taking 2 500mg pills a day, so my dr upped it to 1 g once a day. ask your dr for help too. sometimes they know tricks like saying it is a necessity!

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Old 04-01-2005, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: Zovirax vs. Valtrex??

Thanks for the input. The way my insurance works, is I only pay $5 for generics, but 50% for the brand name. Since I can't seem to find a generic for Valtrex, I'm kind of screwed. I was going to try to buy some online, but they aren't that much cheaper online either. Why do they make this so expensive to deal with!! I guess somebody is making some good money somewhere

Old 04-04-2005, 11:31 AM   #4
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Re: Zovirax vs. Valtrex??

I hope you decided on trying the zovirax generic. I've been on it for years, no side effects, very few outbreaks. I will go 2-3 years with nothing. The only time i have an ob is under extreme stress or lack of sleep (this my worst trigger), or i've slacked off on taking them.

Old 04-04-2005, 11:37 AM   #5
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Re: Zovirax vs. Valtrex??

thanks so much for your response. So does the Zovirax reduce the risk of transmission like Valtrex does? I didn't know if it had that same benefit as well or not.

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