YOUR PHYSICIAN MAY PRESCRIBE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS
Valacyclovir 500mg or 1g (1000mg), are the most commonly prescribed prescriptions for both genital herpes and cold sores.
Depending on how often people experience cold sore or genital sore outbreaks, and how severe their outbreaks can be, there are different methods some use to take this medication.
If you have frequent herpes outbreaks (more than 6 annually) - Your board certified physician may recommend you take valacyclovir, acyclovir, or famciclovir once daily to prevent herpes outbreaks. Suppressive therapy can prevent recurrences as much as 80% per year.
If you have infrequent herpes outbreaks (less than 6 annually) - Your board certified physician may prescribe one of the following antiviral medications: valacyclovir, acyclovir, or famciclovir to use when you feel an outbreak coming on. You can keep this medication on-hand, and once you feel that familiar tingly/itchy warning sign that an outbreak is coming, take your antiviral to prevent it from ever coming out!
It is said that up to 90% of the United States population might be carriers of the HSV-1 or HSV-2 virus. Some don't and will never know they are carriers of either, because sometimes both viruses remain asymptomatic.