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Suppressive therapy with valtrex for years? Safe?

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  • mr_hopp changed the title to Suppressive therapy with valtrex for years? Safe?
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Hi all, sorry for the late reply! Yes, daily suppressive antiviral therapy with valacyclovir (a.k.a. Valtrex) or acyclovir is generally considered safe for long-term use. Both drugs are FDA-approved for the treatment of recurrent genital herpes, and clinical studies have demonstrated their safety and efficacy for daily suppressive therapy. While both drugs can have some side effects (most common: headache, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; less common: dizziness, fatigue, or a rash), these are usually mild and well-tolerated. In rare cases, long-term use of antiviral medication may lead to kidney damage or failure, but this is extremely uncommon and typically only occurs in people with pre-existing kidney problems.

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Note: This is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis.
I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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