Remicade and Cold Sores?

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sirpenguin45
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   Posted 6/8/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had cold sores every since I was a baby, and it seems like I'm getting them more frequently after being on remicade. Has anyone else noticed this? I usually get them every two months, but I've had two this week. It's been about 3 weeks since my last infusion.

Does anyone have any tips to deal with cold sores that they know work? This things are almost worst than the side effects from prednisone!
21 Year Old College Student
Diagnosed UC December 2002
Remicade since December 2006
Colozal, Imuran, Prednisone


Alycacc
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   Posted 6/13/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Fortunately, I never been on Remicade but I have had cold sores for 12 years. Drs have given me all of the herpes meds and nothing works like Lysine.  It's an amino acid that you buy at your drug store.  As soon as I feel a tingle, I take one of these and it doesn't come out...it's a blessing for me! FYI, it doesn't work for everyone but it's worth a try...good luck:)

cycling_sasquatch
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   Posted 6/13/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Also not sure about the Remicade link, but I 2nd the Lysine use. Besides the pills, there is a topical cream that is made of lysine you can try too. I also ice it as much as possible. Seems to heal faster (and hurt less.) Valtrex is an antiviral med. that I've had luck with in the past. But usually they just have to run their course.
UC diagnosed Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 200mg/day
Prednisone 0 ! (After nearly 1 year)
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sirpenguin45
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   Posted 6/13/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for you advice. I have been taking Lysine pills, but I haven't heard of the cream. I've tried using ice, nail-polish remover, acyclovir (pills and cream), and abreva. I've also heard tea tree oil could work. I will definetly try and find the lysine cream along with the valtrex. Thanks!
21 Year Old College Student
Diagnosed UC December 2002
Remicade since December 2006
Colozal, Imuran, Prednisone


cycling_sasquatch
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   Posted 6/13/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd steer clear of Acyclovir, as I think it is an antibiotic? Probably fine, but I usually don't take antibiotics if I don't have to. You'll need a prescription for Valtrex, and maybe your DR. won't recommend it, but it is worth a shot IMO.
UC diagnosed Dec. 2006
Azathioprine 200mg/day
Prednisone 0 ! (After nearly 1 year)
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic, adrenal support


Chris'sColon
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
if you can get the valtrex that'll clear it right up within a day or so and can be used as a preventative. if you don't/can't go that route, then there is an OTC topical treatment called ZILACTIN. it comes in liquid and gel and works wonders. start putting it on several times a day at the first sign of an outbreak. it coats the sore protecting it from bursting and spreading, and also works to dry it out and make it go away quicker. it'll cut at least a few days off of healing time.
i swear by the zilactin and keep it on hand always.
Veronica (26), mommy to Chris (2.5 yr old, diagnosed november 2007 with left sided UC) and Emily 2.5 months
 
Chris current meds: Pentasa 250mg 3x's daily
currently in remission


jujub
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Acyclovir and Valtrex should both be okay. Rather than antibiotics, they're antivirals, meaning they don't affect the beneficial bacteria in our colons and give us diarrhea and all the bad things we get with that.

Remicade does tend to suppress your immune system, so it makes sense that it would allow that herpes virus to erupt more often. Hope the antivirals help. I think your doctor may be more persuaded to prescribe an antiviral because you're on Remi.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Another Day
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not a UC patient, but I have used Lysine for years.  I take the first does when I feel that itch and if I catch it that soon, the cold sore never appears.  When I was younger I used to get them a lot.  I rarely get them any more.
 
Good luck!
 
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