Antiviral medicines work
best when they are taken as soon as symptoms are noticed. For that reason,
people with herpes should keep a supply of the medicine on hand.
If you have 6 or more
outbreaks a year or have severe outbreaks, you may benefit from taking antiviral
medicine every day. It may reduce the number
of outbreaks by about 1 or 2 episodes a year.
If you take antiviral medicine
every day, you may want to talk to your doctor about not
taking the medicine for a short period each year. This can show whether your outbreaks are starting to occur less frequently. Then you can decide
whether to keep taking the medicine.
Need daily antiviral medicine to prevent
resistance to some antiviral medicines. For these
people, other medicines are available, but they must be given through a vein
(intravenously, or IV) and can have dangerous side effects.
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August 14, 2013
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