What medications are used in the treatment of recurrent genital herpes?

Updated: Feb 16, 2018
  • Author: Sean P McGregor, DO, PharmD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Episodic treatment of recurrent genital herpes is as follows:

  • Acyclovir 400 mg PO 3 times per day for 5 days

  • Acyclovir 800 mg PO twice daily for 5 days

  • Acyclovir 800 mg PO 3 times per day for 2 days

  • Valacyclovir 1000 mg PO daily for 5 days

  • Famciclovir 125 mg PO twice daily for 5 days

  • Famciclovir 1000 mg PO twice daily for 1 day

  • Famciclovir 500 mg PO once, then 250 mg PO twice daily for 2 days

Episodic treatment of recurrent genital herpes in patients with HIV infection is as follows:

  • Acyclovir 400 mg PO 3 times per day for 5-10 days

  • Valacyclovir 1000 mg PO twice daily for 5-10 days

  • Famciclovir 500 mg PO twice daily for 5-10 days


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