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Valtrex Or Famvir Which One Is For Me?

By Sally Gomes on November 13, 2010

There are 2 most commonly prescribed medicines to treat genital herpes and some of the other health conditions caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). One is the GlaxoSmithKline drug Valtrex (valaciclovir) and the other is the Novartis product Famvir (famciclovir). Once you finish reading this article, you'll know which medicine is most suitable for you to tackle herpes and the other HSV-borne conditions.

Basic differences between Valtrex and Famvir

Valtrex is the only once a day prescription medicine proven effective in reducing the risk of herpes transmission between 2 sexually active partners. Famvir, on the other hand, is known for its strength as far as herpes prevention is concerned. Taking Famvir for just a single day can give you relief from the herpes symptoms and reduce the number of possible future outbreaks. Valtrex can also lessen the severity of the herpes symptoms and reduce the number of recurrent outbreaks, but not with a single day of treatment. Famvir is generally preferred to Valtrex when there is an urgent need to suppress the virus.

Valtrex and Famvir for genital herpes – Know your dosing options

To get relief from the herpes symptoms and prevent the infection from recurring, you need to take a 1000mg pill twice a day for 10 days. Valaciclovir works best when taken within 48 hours from the onset of the symptoms. One of the most commonly recommended Famvir dose is 250mg, which, when used to suppress the active herpes outbreaks, should be taken twice a day for a year. But you should follow this dosing schedule only if you are experiencing frequent and severe herpes outbreaks (as many as 6 outbreaks a year, for example). In all circumstances, follow the advice of your doctor.

For conditions other than herpes

Valtrex and Famvir are also used to treat cold sores and shingles in adults. For the treatment of cold sores, both medicines can reduce the symptoms in just a single day, provided you take the medication immediately after noticing the symptoms. The recommended Valtrex dosage is stronger than the recommended Famvir dosage and you should talk to your doctor to know which medicine is the right one for you.

Valtrex to fight the first herpes outbreak

Valtrex can be the prescribed medicine if you are experiencing an active herpes outbreak for the first time. Famvir is more effective in tackling recurrent outbreaks.

Valtrex for paediatric patients

Valtrex can also treat cold sores in patients aged between 12 and 18 years. But Famvir has not been proven effective for paediatric patients.

Final words

There is no complete cure from herpes. So no matter which medication you take, the herpes virus will remain in your body and may get reactivated anytime. But antiviral treatments help you lead a comfortable, sexually active life even as you live with the herpes virus. This is why you should have a clear picture about the pros and cons of both the medicines before use. The best person to help you is your doctor. Tell your doctor everything about your present and past health conditions and also about the medication you are taking now or have taken recently. People with kidney problems, or those who are pregnant or nursing should be very careful not to take a strong antiviral dose to get relief from herpes.

Author of the article is associated with 121doc online clinic. Please visit the website to know more about genital herpes and treatment options including Valtrex and Famvir.

Original article published on SooperArticles.com

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