Are Prescription Drugs the Best Herpes Treatment?

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Almost everyone afflicted with herpes outbreaks seeks a product that will help them to cope with and minimize the effects of outbreaks. Everyone has most likely seen one of the countless TV commercials extolling the benefits of a prescription drug for herpes sufferers. One of the most common of the prescription medications is the drug like valacyclovir. Although prescription drugs, like valacyclovir, may help to minimize outbreaks there are other factors to consider.

One of the first things most people consider, especially in this economy, is the cost. The high price of name-brand prescription medicines prohibits many, particularly those without a very good prescription plan, from being able to afford them. Available generic medicines may cost less than the name brands, but other issues still need to be considered.

With any prescription medication one thing to consider is the possibility of side effects. Possible side effects of valacyclovir include fever, red splotches on the skin, bleeding, weakness and /or fainting, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. If you experience any side effects it is important to immediately cease use of the drug and contact your healthcare provider. It is also important to advise your healthcare provider if you have any known allergies to medications.

A third consideration is how quickly you can begin treatment. Prescription medications can only be obtained by seeing a doctor. This often involves several days before you can be ‘fit in’ to the appointment schedule. Anyone who has experienced an outbreak knows that immediate treatment is necessary. Forget waiting days for an appointment — you want relief NOW.

Many who suffer the pain and embarrassment of herpes outbreaks are now turning to over-the-counter topical gel treatments. There is such a treatment that has been shown to help reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks and reduce the healing time when there is an outbreak. The gel can be applied and begins to work even before the appearance of lesions. With continued use this topical gel treatment has completely eliminated recurrences in some people. The treatment has no known contraindications or side effects.



Stacy L Turner

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