If you have genital herpes and want treatment to hand for when outbreaks occur, you can order the antiviral medications Aciclovir, Valaciclovir and Famciclovir from us online.
If you suffer from six or more herpes outbreaks a year, then you may wish to order herpes suppression therapy which is where you take a low dose of the antiviral genital herpes treatment every day to help prevent future herpes outbreaks.
It is recommended that if you are worried you may have herpes you should carry out a swab test to confirm the diagnosis
If you wish to confirm whether you are a carrier of herpes, order a test online now.
In some cases, the doctor may need to ask for more information. They may contact you by phone, so make sure your telephone number is up to date in your online account.
|Aciclovir||1st outbreak - up to 10 days (30 tablets)||£25.00|
|Aciclovir||Repeat outbreaks - 5 days each, 1/2/3 courses (15/30/45 tablets)||from £25.00|
|Aciclovir||Suppression treatment - 3 months (168 tablets)||£49.00|
|Valaciclovir||1st outbreak - up to 10 days (20 tablets)||£75.00|
|Valaciclovir||Repeat outbreaks - 3 to 5 days each, 1/2/3 courses (10/20/30 tablets)||from £40.00|
|Valaciclovir||Suppression treatment - 3 months (84 tablets)||£220.00|
|Famciclovir||Outbreak - 1 day each, 1/2/3 courses (4/8/12 tablets)||from £95.00|
|Herpes Test Kit||1 test kit||£80.00|
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Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
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Common side effects from Aciclovir can include:
Common side effects from Valaciclovir can include:
The symptoms of herpes outbreaks will usually go away by themselves within 10 days, but they can be very painful during that time.
Alternatives to the antiviral medicines we offer include using an anaesthetic gel to ease the pain or soaking the affected skin with salt water.
If you would like to discuss your condition with one of our doctors, you can book a telephone consultation. Our doctors will be able to provide personalised advice on how to cope with genital herpes.
Herpes is an infection caused by one of two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 or HSV-2). The virus causes outbreaks of herpes symptoms. Herpes treatment includes using antiviral medication to help tackle outbreaks and help symptoms improve more quickly.
There are 3 main types of treatment for genital herpes:
Aciclovir tablets – these tablets can be used for outbreaks of genital herpes and cold sores, as well as for suppression treatment. The dose of this medication can vary depending on why you are taking it.
Valaciclovir tablets – the ingredient in these tablets is turned into aciclovir in your body, making it something we call a ‘pro-drug’. Like with aciclovir tablets, the dose can vary depending on if you are treating an outbreak or using it for suppression.
Famciclovir tablets – another antiviral medication similar to Aciclovir and Valaciclovir, but less commonly prescribed in the UK, and is generally only used if the first two have not been effective in your treatment.
Both genital and oral herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Even though there are 2 types of HSV (HSV-1 and HSV-2), both can cause genital herpes or cold sores (oral herpes). This means that the treatment for cold sores is very similar to genital herpes.
Both types of herpes can be treated with antiviral tablets, which you can start as soon as you feel an outbreak coming on. For cold sores, you can also use aciclovir cream too, which has the same active ingredient as the aciclovir tablets but is put directly onto your cold sores. Aciclovir cream is not very helpful for genital herpes, so it’s not a recommended treatment for this.
Before starting any new treatment for a herpes outbreak, or if you have any new symptoms, you should always check with a doctor to make sure you’re using the right treatment.
You can’t get tablets for genital herpes over-the-counter. All herpes tablets are prescription-only, so you either need to go through your GP to get them, or order them from an online doctor service like Superdrug Online Doctor.
But, you can use painkillers and numbing medications (like lidocaine gel) to help you with pain and discomfort you might be getting from your genital herpes symptoms.
If you’re having cold sore symptoms, you can get creams like aciclovir cream over-the-counter to help. But treatment with aciclovir cream isn’t recommended for genital herpes outbreaks.
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