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I had one hsv1 genital outbreak 3 years ago and treated it

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I had one hsv1 genital outbreak 3 years ago and treated it with acyclovir. I hadn't had another outbreak until 2 months ago but decided to let it heal by itself. Now I'm starting to have another outbreak. What kind of medicine should I ask my doctor to prescribe?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 years ago.

I would ask your doctor what medicine he/she recommends.

There are 3 medications for genital herpes: acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. They work equally well for shortening an outbreak, easing symptoms, and preventing frequent recurrences.

The main differences are in cost (acyclovir is cheaper) and how often they need to be taken. There are some differences in side effects, but all are generally very well tolerated.

Usually these medications are taken at the first sign of an attack for 5 days. With frequent recurrences, they can be taken daily to prevent recurrences.