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valacyclovir / Valtrex

Does anyone know, is it possible to acquire Valtrex / valacyclovir in Switzerland? This is a medicine that can reduce the duration of cold sores.

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Old 24.11.2022, 09:47
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

According to Compendium, it's available, category A - meaning you need an Rx. So speak with your Hausarzt.

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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

Here the standard med a pharmacist will give you for cold sores is Zovirax, or aciclovir. It's about as effective as valacyclovir, for both meds the key thing is to apply the medication as soon as you start to feel the onset of a cold sore. As the drug mechanism is to prevent the virus from replicating applying it to a well-advanced sore won't change much: early intervention is key.

I have terrible cold sores and for me the key thing is to always wear sunscreen on my lips even if going outside for a few minutes. Sun damage can trigger virus replication, so sun protection is key to reducing the occurrence of sores.
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

In 2020 I had the first cold sore since 1980--I chalked it up to pandemic anxiety. Shortly thereafter I had another one...ditto. As doctor visits were in short supply, I tried an old remedy. At the first tingle I applied straight vodka several times a day. Have to admit, it worked wonders. Helps if you also drink some.

Oh, and don't forget to replace your toothbrush after a cold sore.
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

I had a cold sore about a year ago and asked the pharmacist what they recommend. I was given this, without a prescription:
Aviral Crème

It works pretty well, and I found it better than the old camphophenique from the USA. It was more moisturizing and less drying.
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

Be careful who you kiss maybe
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

It should be easy to get zovirax at the pharmacy - it's in a tiny little tube and you won't need a prescription.


60-80% of adults carry the cold sore virus. It lives in the nerve endings around the mouth and flares up when the immune system is down - as others have said, sunlight/UV/sunburn or windburn can trigger it....
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

HI, I get valacyclovir on prescription from the doctor. Valtrex is the more expensive option.
Works wonder for me as I get severe outbreaks and this medication helps greatly.
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Re: valacyclovir / Valtrex

Thanks for all the insight! I'm glad to see valacyclovir is readily available in CH. Taken at the onset of the dreaded tingle, it seems to work really well at keeping the cold sore at bay instead of turning into a 2-3 week ordeal.
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