Cold Sores Treatment Plan
To abort outbreaks
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Herpes is not simply an infection. Many people suffer silently, not even reaching out to their healthcare providers. However, the proper treatment of herpes is dependent on your participation. Educating yourself and formulating a plan will go a long way towards successful management. Medication is available—and it works extremely well. By using the guidance of experts to craft a personalized plan, you can find the best time and way to use it. With the education provided, you will be able to decide how best to use all the tools at your disposal. The key is to learn as much as you can and make informed decisions. The information below will help you gain a level of independence you may not have realized is possible. Carefully read your provider’s personalized treatment plan and all the material provided. It may provide some new information that will be helpful to you. Nothing is sugar-coated because you deserve to have all the information you need to live your life the way you want. We encourage you to read it all, along with the package insert and the information in the Prescribers’ Digital Reference (PDR). One important point is that if the medicine prescribed does not improve your condition (now or at any time) or if your symptoms at any point in the future are not completely typical of your usual outbreak, then you must be seen by a physician in person and checked for other conditions. Lastly, the plan your personal provider has provided is just the initial plan. You may well choose a different one after reading more about other options or, in six months, your life circumstances may have changed and a different plan may suit you better. Just reach out to us. We are here to make your life better, not to give you more challenges in finding the care you need. And don’t forget, contact us if you need us.
Your provider has reviewed your medical information and has prescribed valacyclovir 1,000 mg to treat oral herpes. Valacyclovir has been approved to treat oral herpes.
Your provider has written a prescription for valacyclovir to be used to stop an outbreak when you feel one coming on. Valacyclovir should be taken as soon as possible when you feel your first symptom. Your prodrome is unique to you and no one will ever recognize them as quickly as you can. Whether it is a vague achiness in your neck, or a difficult-to-describe mild, dull headache, or an unusual throbbing on the lip, you recognize it. At the earliest sign of an outbreak, take two 1,000 mg tablets of valacyclovir for a total of 2,000 mg as your first dose. Then, 12 hours later, take two 1,000 mg tablets of valacyclovir for a total of 2,000 mg as your second dose. You may take the second dose sooner than 12 hours, but never within six hours of your first dose. Drink plenty of water during this time as being hydrated makes sure the medicine is cleared through your kidneys as it should be.
The medication is only approved for two doses and there is no evidence in studies that the medication should be started if lesions have already appeared. Topical over-the-counter medications may be helpful in that circumstance. Nevertheless, many patients note that taking the medication in time works exceedingly well and stops most outbreaks. Some will notice that only a minimal outbreak appears. Some patients continue the medication for another day or so if a minor outbreak does occur or if their prodrome symptoms do not resolve completely after two doses. That will be a personal decision you will learn to make as you recognize how your infection behaves and how the medicine works for you.