One of the most recommended options to treat herpes by the healthcare community to work against the herpes simplex virus are called antiviral drugs. These are agents called nucleoside and nucleotide analgoues and these work by stopping the virus from replicating.
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These antiviral agents include: Acyclovir, better known as Zovirax, Valacyclovir or Valtrex, and Famciclovir, known commercially as Famvir.
These drugs can be bought in pill form and have been formulated especially to fight the genital herpes virus. These work by greatly reducing the strength of herpes outbreaks and helps you heal from outbreaks much faster. It cuts down the days when you are contagious and days when you have some of the common herpes symptoms.
Sounds great? But when should you take these drugs?
Antivirals are best taken at the initial onset of symptoms. It’s when you first start to feel the tingling sensation. Take your medicine when you first start to feel, and take it over the next week and you can get rid of the outbreak much faster. For some people who have plenty of outbreaks, they take antivirals everyday to reduce the frequency these nasty things from happening to them.
Antiviral agents stop viruses from replicating by stopping DNA synthesis which they need to reproduce. This keeps the virus inactive in your body.
What are these antivirals?
Acyclovir / Zovirax
This is the oldest of the antiviral medication developed as early as 1982. It’s available in both an ointment and as a pill.
If you take it within the first twenty-four hours of symptoms, it can really speed up the healing of the lesions that are caused by the virus. For some people, it even stops lesions from developing.
It’s used best for:
- Genital Herpes outbreaks (you heal faster)
- Acute Herpes Zoster
- Chickenpox (yes, chickenpox!)
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Valacyclovir / Valtrex
The second drug that was developed by GlaxoSmithKline, it was approved by the FDA and released in 1995. It works by transforming itself into acyclovir when it enters the body which makes it more effective because it is absorbed better. This means you have to take less of it during the day. It works best when you take it within the first 24 hours of symptoms, taken three times a day.
It’s used best for:
- Genital herpes outbreaks and suppression therapy (you heal faster and you stop outbreaks from happening)
- Reducing herpes transmission (you become less contagious)
- Treatment of Cold Sores
Famciclovir / Famvir
Famvir is made by Novartis. Basically, it works like Valtrex but when taken by the body, it changes into the drug penciclovir which is also effective against herpes. It is absorbed very well by the body and this means it can also be taken less frequently than acyclovir, two or three times a day. It works best if taken within six hours from the first sign of symptoms.
It’s used best for:
- Suppressing recurrent herpes
- Treatment of Herpes Zoster
Both Valtrex and Famvir are recommended because of the lower dosages required (you need to take it only two or three times a day). Because of this, there are fewer interruptions and you can live as normally as possible.
Antivirals are a good option if you are looking for the most common treatment recommended by the healthcare community. They are available via prescription which means you need to go see a doctor for them.
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