Famvir (famciclovir) and Valtrex (valacyclovir) just got approved for treating recurrent episodes of genital herpes

Famvir (famciclovir) and Valtrex (valacyclovir) just got approved for treating recurrent episodes of genital herpes. Initially, they came out only for shingles (herpes zoster).

Famvir and Valtrex are alternatives to acyclovir (Zovirax). In fact, Valtrex is just a prodrug that's metabolized to acyclovir.

The main advantage is that Famvir and Valtrex are given just BID for genital herpes...instead of 3 to 5 times a day like acyclovir.

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