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Daily Valtrex?

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I was diagnosed with GHSV1 about 1.5 years ago and have not had an outbreak since. I took valtrex daily for a short period of time when I had a consistent sexual partner, but since then, I have stopped taking it because my doctor warned me that it can have negative effects on the liver with long term daily use. Has anyone else heard this? I feel like taking it regularly would give me a little more peace of mind because it would lower my transmission rate, but since I have not have an outbreak since diagnosis, I am concerned about taking medication that might not be necessary.

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I have not researched the specific side effects of valtrex really at all, so I am sure there are more qualified people on here to speak to this, but bottom-line, pretty much any conventional medicine pill is going to put a burden on your liver. Even natural herbs can stress the liver if taken improperly (or if your liver is already compromised).


Some doctors do not know this amazingly, or chose to not say it, because it shines negatively on their main modality of treating people -- prescribing pills. Kudos to your doc for not just turning a blind eye and keeping you on meds forever.


HOWEVER -- I am not saying people should not take suppresive meds -- in many cases, the benefits will outweigh the drawbacks. Just be as educated as possible and then make a well-informed decision on what makes the most sense for you.

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