Genital herpes medications dosage can vary greatly depending on the specific antiviral drug and whether you are taking them for the treatment of a primary outbreak, recurrent outbreak, or for suppressive therapy. Other factors include your age, your weight (more important when prescribing medications for children), other medications and supplements that you may be taking and any other health issues that you may also be dealing with.
A person suffering from a kidney problem or a weakened immune system may have to have their dosage adjusted to insure that genital herpes medications do not have a negative interaction or side effect. Do not take it upon yourself to adjust the dosage. Only adjust your dosage when instructed to do so by your health care provider. Do not increase your dosage or take genital herpes medications longer than the time recommended by your doctor.
Below is the manufacturer’s recommended dosage for a genital herpes outbreak for those people who have normal kidney functions and a healthy immune system. Check with your doctor or other health care provider for dosage requirements if you have HIV or other illnesses that weakens your immune system or if you are suffering from kidney problems (your doctor may have different recommendations based on your unique case).
Initial Outbreak – 200mg five times per day or about every four hours.
During an Outbreak – 800mg every 4 hours orally, 5 times per day for 7 days.
Suppressive Therapy – 400mg two times per day for up to 12 months. After one year you should discuss with your doctor if continuing using acyclovir is a healthy choice for you.
Initial Outbreak – 1000 mg (1 gram) taken two times per day for 10 days.
During an Outbreak – 500mg two times per day for five days Suppressive Therapy – for people who experience fewer than ten outbreaks per year 500mg one time per day/1gram daily may be necessary. For people who experience more than ten outbreaks per year 1000mg (1 gram) daily.
Initial Outbreak - 1000mg two times per day.
During an Outbreak – 125mg twice a day for five days.
Suppressive Therapy – 250mg two times per day for up to one year. After one year you should discuss with your doctor if continuing using famciclovir is a healthy choice for you
Whatever your doctor’s recommended Genital herpes medications dosage, the medications should be taken with a full glass of water and you should continue to drink water to ensure your kidneys function properly. Even though your outbreak may feel better and you don’t have any symptoms, you should continue to take the medication for the entire time set by your doctor. Although not absolutely required, the genital herpes medications dosage should be taken with food to help reduce stomach related side effects.
These medicines can be very expensive ranging upwards of $400 per month or about $150 per outbreak. Annual cost generally are $4300-$4000 per year for those on suppressive therapy and dosage requirements. These prices will vary depending upon the retail store and other drug sources. Medical insurance can also help you manage the cost. Generic versions are also found and can be much cheaper and just as effective as the named brand drugs.
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