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Is Valtrex safe to take daily for supressive therapy?

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Old 09-28-2001, 10:26 AM   #1
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Is Valtrex safe to take daily for supressive therapy?

I took Valtrex daily for several months for "supressive therapy" with great results(no outbreaks), but started to question the safety of doing this. Can anyone tell me if there are long term side affects from taking Valtrex daily? Any info. will be appreciated.

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Old 09-29-2001, 11:21 AM   #2
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Re: Is Valtrex safe to take daily for supressive therapy?

Randy.. I, too am taking Valtrex for suppressive therapy, have been doing so since June when I found out I have HSV2. I've had no outbreaks either. I asked my doctors about long term effects, and my doctor seemed to only be concerned about my kidneys over a long period of time. He said to drink a lot of water daily with Valtrex..maybe even get used to drinking cranberry juice too (good for your kidneys I guess). Have you gone off the Valtrex yet? Have you had any outbreaks. I'm going to stay on this suppressive therapy for a year, but then see what happens when I go off. It's awfully nice to NOT have oubreaks though!

Old 09-29-2001, 02:22 PM   #3
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Re: Is Valtrex safe to take daily for supressive therapy?

How many mgs. of Valtrex do you all take a day on suppressive therapy? I take 2 tables of 400 mgs. of acyclovir a day on suppressive therapy, and still have some problems of occasional burning, but it is better than no acyclovir. Someone on here said they take 1200 mgs. of acyclovir a day on suppressive therapy. I took the 1000 mgs. a day for a week when I first contracted HSV and had a severe primary infection. I am wondering if I would be better if I took 1000 or 1200 a day. I will ask my doc next week when I go in, but does anyone have HSV2 and do better by taking more than 800 mgs. a day of either Valtrex or Acyclovir?

Old 10-02-2001, 12:38 PM   #4
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Re: Is Valtrex safe to take daily for supressive therapy?

I have taken 500mg of Valtrex daily for about 3 years without any problems.

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