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herpes..very sore throat and feeling

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my daughter has just been diagnosed with herpes and has started the Valtrax medicine last Saturday, twice a day for 10 days, then once a day going forward. She is having a very sore throat and feeling achy all over. Is this a possible side effect?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  MasterDoc replied 5 years ago.
Yes. They are both possible (but unusual) side effects of the valtrex. Of course,if the symptoms are severe, she should also discuss this with her MD to make sure it is not from something else.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
How long should these symptoms last? Her regular doctor is 3 hours away. At what point should I take her here closer to be checked out?
Expert:  MasterDoc replied 5 years ago.
How long it lasts depends on what is causing it (which I can't really tell over the internet). Whether or not she needs to see an MD acutely for this depends how bad it is. IF she would go to an MD for these symptoms if whe weren't on valtrex then she should go even though she is. If these symptoms are from the valtrex they will probably resolve within a couple of weeks.
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