Would you risk taking Valtrex (for cold sores) if you tend to get D?

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Marsky
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   Posted 4/21/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's my situation:

- I tend to get cold sores, on my nose of all places and another started today.
- My ENT doctor wrote me a generic script for Valtrex (yes the pricey oral med for cold sores).
- I read online that D can be a common side effect to Valtrex.
- Given my history (part of my colon removed, chronic multiple bm's, tendency to have D unless I eat plain food, etc.), would you risk it and take this medication?
- I can always just topically treat the sore with Abbreva and swab the skin with Q tips dipped in peroxide (what I usually do but I've never tried Abbreva).

Thanks so much! I need to decide if I should even fill this prescription. My gut is telling me not to risk it. I have an important social event tomorrow and of course I do work part time now. I just don't want full blown D to erupt while away from home.

*Edit* I'm leary of taking this powerful medication but will wait in hopes someone replies. Been reading side effects online and it's scary! I have a few hours to decide.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus, each evening

Post Edited (Marsky) : 4/21/2010 3:03:57 PM (GMT-6)


Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 4/21/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all - never mind. I was extremely leary of taking this medication. Talked to the pharmacist and he said the side effects were minimal but he understood that if you have a touchy gut, why risk it.

Out of curiosity, I asked the price - over $300! And that's generic.

So all of this worry was for nothing! I wouldn't have paid that anyway....
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Nature's Way Primadophilus Bifidus, each evening


doorain77
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   Posted 3/15/2012 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to get cold sore on the side of my mouth and it was scabbing over. . But taking antiviral drugs like HSV-Zero can help manage my condition. It prevents the sores if used before they form, and dramatically reduces healing time if used once they are appear.
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