Herpes is a sexually transmitted virus which can either affect your mouth or genital parts of the body or sometimes even both. In each case, the symptoms are similar such as redness, itchiness, painful blisters, cold sores and frequent herpes outbreaks. Herpes outbreaks may occur from time to time, usually, the outbreaks are more painful and frequent in the first stage when the virus enters your body.
Herpes is not curable but luckily, you can reduce and manage the herpes symptoms easily and effectively with the help of some effective treatment options. The first and most common treatment that has been continuing since the beginning of virus found is over the counter herpes medications. The most common herpes antivirals are acyclovir, valacyclovir and famiciclovir. These are the most commonly used herpes medications for both types of herpes – oral and genital herpes.
These medications can be used for either episodic therapy or suppressive therapy. Episodic therapy means the drug is taken only at the onset of an outbreak to relieve pain, itching, redness and reduce the duration of the outbreak. In suppressive therapy, the pill is taken every day in a low dose to prevent outbreaks and their associated itching and pain. Herpes antivirals are effective as well as harmful for your body. Yes, we are going to tell you about the effects and side effects of over-the counter herpes medications.
Effects -:This is the oldest and most commonly prescribed medication for treating annoying herpes symptoms. It has been available since 1982 in topical form (as an ointment) and sold in a pill form since 1985. This medicine can reduce the occurrence of frequent outbreaks, appearance of blisters, pain, itchiness and redness of the skin.
This medicine is used in treating both forms of virus, oral and genital herpes. This will also speed up the healing time of the cold sores. You need to drink plenty of water while taking this medicine and always consult your doctor before start taking the course of acyclovir.
Side effects-: This antiviral is considered as an effective herpes antiviral but the bad news for you is that this medicine can give you some side effects. After some time, it will give you problems like headache, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. This drug will also slowly make your immune system weak and more prone to the diseases’ attack.
Effects -: Valacyclovir’s brand name is Valtrex. This is the newer drug which actually uses acyclovir as its active ingredient. This drug delivers valacyclovir more effectively so that the body absorbs much of the drug which has the advantage to take the medications fewer times during the day. This drug will give you quick results than acyclovir. It will reduce your pain, itching and healing time of outbreaks. This drug is normally prescribed when the person is experiencing frequent outbreaks.
Effects -: The brand name of this medicine is famvir. It is a pro- drug of different antiviral called peniclovir which is similar to valacyclovir. It has been approved for the treatment and suppression of genital herpes. It is prescribed as a daily dose for reducing existing as well as future herpes outbreaks. Like all other herpes medications, this drug should be also started at the first sign of outbreaks.
Side-effects -: Famvir slowly make your immunity power weak and cannot cure the virus. This will give you nausea, headache, vomiting and liver problems.
All the antiviral herpes medications are effective enough to heal your symptoms fast but they can also give you serious side-effects. They even cannot cure the virus. The better option is to try some natural remedies to protect your body from medicines’ side effects.