Genital Herpes - Treatment

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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

  • acyclovir (Zovirax),
  • famciclovir (Famvir), or
  • valacyclovir (Valtrex).

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).

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Comment from: Jackie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

The valacyclovir is such a blessing for my genital herpes. I have had it for approximately 26 years, and it works better than anything I have tried. Putting something on the blisters makes it worse, because if they burst, that makes them burn more. Getting the medications as soon as you realize it is happening is the best way to stop the length of suffering. That's the key to managing it. Where they decide to appear is always an inconvenient place, which could be telling you to rest. Stress does bring them. I am glad to be alive!

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Comment from: Del, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I use red marine algae to treat my symptoms of genital herpes. It works as well as Valtrex for me. I take it when I start noticing symptoms and sometimes even avoid outbreaks.

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