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Acyclovir ineffective unless started early?

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I'm reading where it's normal to start people with genital herpes on 200mg 3 to 5x daily - or 1000mg/day max for 5 days? My doc hammered me with 800mg of acyclovir 3x daily. That's 2,400mg per day, for 14 days. I just took my last one today and I still have visible spots (upper butt crack/tailbone is where I break out). The skin is pink and new, but I'm sure I'm still shedding and unsafe for sex yet. This could be because I was 10 days into the OB before starting the meds, but you would think that dose would knock it out better than it did. If my initial OB was June 19 and I am still not completely healed over, I'm thinking the acyclovir was ineffective, period, and I am healing at the rate I would have without treatment. Any feedback?


I'm also thinking I should request a second Rx to keep on hand - I think I know my prodrome symptoms now - pain down the back of one leg. I went decades without am OB (or one that I would notice), so I'm hoping it's decades before another one. At 58 I'll be 6 feet under by then (lol). And I'm hoping that this grandaddy of an OB is not an omen that I will be getting them more frequently now. But if so, I'm thinking I'd better have something on hand.

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Yes - it definitely works better if you hit it early and hard. So I would say keep a script on hand - I always do.


If you continue to have OB's, given that you went so long without, I'd get some blood work done to make sure nothing else is going on. But it's just as likely you will go and not have one for months or years again. H is contrary :p



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