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    Donna Gilmore
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    Significant number of coronavirus patients with a history of taking valacyclovir (Valtrex) did not require hospitalization.

    Identifying common pharmacotherapies associated with reduced COVID-19 morbidity using electronic health records
    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.11.20061994v1

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    Pedro Villegas
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    I had shingles 4 years ago on my face and forehead and my right eye was in peril from the virus. I waas hospitalized for 5 days and given massive amounts of valaciclovyr and was left with some sacarring. My dermatologiat then gave me a prescriotion for valaciclovyr for occasional lip sores. They go away before they are visible.
    Three weeks ago I had a sore throat, mild headaches and occasional cough. I began taking valaciclovyr daily without consulting with anyone and not getting a test; it’s very hard to get one. After about 3 days, my sore throat and cough were gone. I can’t be sure what I had, but my symptoms were worrying and they subsided. This drug should be looked at more seriously.

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    Thomas
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    I am a frontline worker and I know I have been exposed. In fact, I was exposed at work from 2/28-3/10 until we began using the appropriate PPE. Some of my colleagues were out ill due to COVID. I take Valtrex generic 1 gram daily and have not had any symptoms of illness. My antibody test was negative. My wife who is a nurse , I am sure was stricken bc she had a fever for 12 days took Valtrex for 1 week along with Zpack and was cured.

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    Thomas
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    I am a frontline worker and I know I have been exposed. In fact, I was exposed at work from 2/28-3/10 until we began using the appropriate PPE. Some of my colleagues were out ill due to COVID. I take Valtrex generic 1 gram daily and have not had any symptoms of illness. My antibody test was negative. My wife who is a nurse , I am sure was stricken bc she had a fever for 12 days took Valtrex for 1 week along with Zpack and was cured.

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    Chris Cunningham
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    There is NO conspiracy. Simply the wheels of government turn slowly. Other drugs in the same class who are the bigger/better versions of the same drug family, like remdesivir, have already been put into clinical trials, and have already been in the news for weeks.

    Anti-virals for Covid-19: Acyclovir and Valacyclovir

    #60946 Reply
    Chris Cunningham
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    There is NO conspiracy. Simply the wheels of government turn slowly. Other drugs in the same class who are the bigger/better versions of the same drug family, like remdesivir, have already been put into clinical trials, and have already been in the news for weeks.

    Previous post copied the wrong link. Please see below.

    https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/20-03-24-uc-san-diego-health-launches-clinical-trial-to-assess-antiviral-for-covid-19.aspx

    #60947 Reply
    Chris Cunningham
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    There is NO conspiracy. Simply the wheels of government turn slowly. Other drugs in the same class who are the bigger/better versions of the same drug family, like remdesivir, have already been put into clinical trials, and have already been in the news for weeks.

    Previous post copied the wrong link. Please see below.

    https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/20-03-24-uc-san-diego-health-launches-clinical-trial-to-assess-antiviral-for-covid-19.aspx

    #60948 Reply
    Chris Cunningham
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    There is NO conspiracy. Simply the wheels of government turn slowly. Other drugs in the same class who are the bigger/better versions of the same drug family, like remdesivir, have already been put into clinical trials, and have already been in the news for weeks.

    Previous post copied the wrong link. Please see below.

    https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/20-03-24-uc-san-diego-health-launches-clinical-trial-to-assess-antiviral-for-covid-19.aspx

    #60967 Reply
    Lorie
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    Let me throw my hat into the Valacylovir/Valtex ring!

    I started having Covid 19 symptoms the abt the first week of March. I would call my symptoms mild to moderate: low but enduring fever (never run fevers), headache, nausea, some bouts of diarrhea, sore scratchy throat, cough, lung congestion and pain, reduction in smell, etc.

    I suspected Covid and started self medicating with Valtex, amoxicillin and Albuterol Sulfate. These are medications I had left from treatment for pneumonia and bronchotis. I could feel the virus coming up on me! I noticed the Valtrex seemed to quickly ease my symptoms. I was taking 500 to 1000 a day. I would feel better and stop the medication and symptoms would quickly return, this happened several times. It has taken over 6 weeks for my symptoms subside where I could discontinue the Valtrex and antibiotic. I am not completely confident the virus could not come up on me again, so I now take 10 natural antivirals everyday which I do feel are helping, not sure which ones…

    There is absolutely NO doubt in my mind that Valtrex was the main reason I was able to keep the virus at bay, glad to know others had the same experience!

    I live in NYC and was forced to self medicate since none of my usual doctors wanted to treat me and referred me to an ER, ERs, and Urgents Cares told me Not to come to them unless, essentially, I was half dead.

    I hope this helps someone, and I wish all of you the best of health.

    #60979 Reply
    Pam Logan
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    I had a strange flu-like illness in late February, with mild fever and chills, while I was already taking Acyclovir 400 mg 1x daily. I was not tested for COVID-19 but tested negative for flu. I plan to get the COVID-19 antibody test as soon as my doctor can provide it, probably around May 10.

    #60984 Reply
    Randolph W Lievertz MD, Clinical Pharmacologist
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    Famciclovir is more apt to be effective against Covid-19 than acyclovir or valacyclovir. Once phosphorylated into the active drug it stays in the cell. Acyclovir & valacyclovir move freely to outside the cell after being phosphorylated.
    Since we only have anecdotal evidence of famciclovir’s efficacy at 500 mg twice daily, a controlled trial is warranted.

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    Laurie
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    I have this meducation a d used it once for HSV-2 which I unfortunately contracted later in life. I was amazed how effective it was and the doc gave me a prescription for the coming yeat. I had a gut feeling it might possibly work for a virus like covid19 and when I heard last night from a Harvard expert on infectious diseases she said that they are seeing good results in clinical trials. She said the opposite of the anti-malarials. I am not suggestiong anyone go get herpes in orser to get this medication but I am going to follow the research and hope it does become a successful deterrant or added treatment for covid19. I guess there might be a silver lining to an otherwise regrettable reason for getting the medication in the first place!

    #61001 Reply
    Laurie
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    I have this meducation a d used it once for HSV-2 which I unfortunately contracted later in life. I was amazed how effective it was and the doc gave me a prescription for the coming yeat. I had a gut feeling it might possibly work for a virus like covid19 and when I heard last night from a Harvard expert on infectious diseases she said that they are seeing good results in clinical trials. She said the opposite of the anti-malarials. I am not suggestiong anyone go get herpes in orser to get this medication but I am going to follow the research and hope it does become a successful deterrant or added treatment for covid19. I guess there might be a silver lining to an otherwise regrettable reason for getting the medication in the first place!

    #61002 Reply
    Laurie jones
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    I have this medication that I have used once for HSV-2 which I unfortunately contracted later in life. I was amazed how effective it was and the doc gave me a prescription for the coming year. I had a gut feeling it might possibly work for a virus like covid19 and when I heard last night from a Harvard expert on infectious diseases she said that they are seeing good results in clinical trials. She said the opposite of the anti-malarials. I am not suggestiong anyone go get herpes inorsder to get this medication but I am going to follow the research and hope it does become a successful deterrant or added treatment for covid19. I guess there might be a silver lining to an otherwise regrettable reason for getting the medication in the first place!

    #61003 Reply
    Laurie jones
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    I have this medication that I have used once for HSV-2 which I unfortunately contracted later in life. I was amazed how effective it was and the doc gave me a prescription for the coming year. I had a gut feeling it might possibly work for a virus like covid19 and when I heard last night from a Harvard expert on infectious diseases she said that they are seeing good results in clinical trials. She said the opposite of the anti-malarials. I am not suggestiong anyone go get herpes inorsder to get this medication but I am going to follow the research and hope it does become a successful deterrant or added treatment for covid19. I guess there might be a silver lining to an otherwise regrettable reason for getting the medication in the first place!

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