Lysine for Management of Herpes Labialis

Frankie A. Tomblin, Jr., Pharm.D. and Kristy H. Lucas, Pharm.D.


Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2001;58(4) 

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Lysine is marketed for use in the prevention and treatment of outbreaks of herpes, particularly herpes labialis. Although not curative, lysine is advertised to decrease the frequency, severity, and duration of cold sores. Lysine has also been used to aid in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, heroin intoxification, and metabolic alkalosis and to increase the absorption and decrease the elimination of calcium.


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