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I’m new here. It’s only been 2 months and I started taking 1 g valacyclovir daily. However the symptoms seem to never stop. Once I think everything is back to normal I seem to have another outbreak. Has anyone else experienced this on antiviral? Should I try another one? 

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Hey there,

I'm sorry to hear about your ongoing struggles with outbreaks even while on valacyclovir. It can be really frustrating when it feels like the treatment isn't working as expected.

You're not alone in this experience. Some people do find that their symptoms persist even with antiviral treatment. It could be a matter of your body adjusting to the medication, or it might be that this particular antiviral isn't the best fit for you. And only 2 months in is still early days. On average it could take anywhere from 6 months to a year before the body has done its part to build up enough antibodies to have it under control. Medication just helps give your immune system an extra boost.

It's certainly worth discussing with your doctor. They might suggest increasing the dosage or switching to a different antiviral medication. There's acyclovir and famciclovir as other options, and sometimes a change can make a big difference.

Also, remember that managing stress, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep can play a role in managing outbreaks. Keep taking care of yourself, and stay in touch with your healthcare provider about the best course of action.

Hang in there, and remember that it often takes a bit of trial and error to find the best way to manage herpes. You're doing great by seeking help and staying proactive about your health. Keep it up! You got this.

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