What kind of treatment are you using for genital herpes?
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What medications treat and manage genital herpes?
Antiviral medications are available that can help manage the severity and duration of outbreaks, if taken immediately prior to (when there are tingling or unusual skin sensations but no blisters) or within 24 hours of an outbreak. The medications typically used are
famciclovir (Famvir), or
These are all typically taken by mouth. In severe cases of viral infection, antiviral medications may be given intravenously, but this is not
usually needed for genital herpes. Topical medications that are applied directly to the sores are also available, but these are less effective than oral medications and are not generally used.
All of these medications may also be given daily as suppressive therapy to decrease the number of outbreaks in people who have frequent outbreaks (more than six outbreaks per year).