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 Post subject: Dosage for Valtrex?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:23 am 

Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:29 am
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Location: Arizona
Hi Betsy, I have been recently diagnosed with GHSV-1, I went to the doctor after the sores appeared. The doctor prescribed me 1g of Valtrex 3 times a day for 7 days. Is this the usual dosage? It seems kinda high. Also I read that if I start taking Valtrex after the initial symptoms...it's not effective. Is this true? Thanks! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Dosage for Valtrex?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:33 pm 

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Location: PA
For the first ob, it's usually worthwhile to treat it even if you are seen after 72 hours after symptoms first occurred. Your body doesn't have any defenses to help beat the virus when newly infected. For recurrences, if you haven't started treating it by 3 days into things, not worth treating it at that point.

The first ob is 1gm 2x/day for 7-10 days. Your provider gave you the shingles dose which is still safe and find to take but not really needed. Remind your provider to check the pdr so they are sure they prescribing the right doses for the right infections.


For recurrences it's 500mg 2x/day for 3 days with valtrex.

betsy

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