Valtrex Vs Generic Valacyclovir

Goodbye little blue pill! My health insurance company would not approve my doc’s order of NO SUBSTITUTION concerning 500 mg Valtrex to treat my Herpes outbreaks. Can you believe it? It seems health insurance companies and pharmacies know better than the doc what is best for their patients.

For the first time in my adult life I have to settle for the Valtrex Generic 500 mg Valacyclovir by Mylan. It’s a little white pill with a M122 stamp. Honestly, I can’t afford to pay $300.00+ for a 30 day supply of Valtrex. It’s a good thing having Herpes isn’t an autoimmune situation or I’d be in the fight for my life with these all-knowing-trump-the-doc companies looking to squeeze a bang for every buck.

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s I think the most I ever paid for a month’s supply of 500 mg Valtrex was $30.00, not $300.00 – which is CRAZY!

I will give this generic blue-wanna-be Valtrex by Mylan a try. Hopefully it will be just as good as name-brand Valtrex.

In the meantime, I would be interested in any feedback you might have for me regarding Generic Valtrex.

P.S. I almost forgot – Yes, I still get outbreaks from time to time. Lately I have been second guessing myself wondering if I do in fact have a food aversion to almonds and walnuts, BUT I’m pretty sure my outbreak trigger is STRESS. Stress seems to get me every time.

Phony herpes websites and cures

I recently received a note from someone who stated they were battling herpes and extremely tired of all the phony websites promising a true herpes cure along with false information. This person was looking for accurate FDA-approved treatments and accurate information about herpes.

All I have to say about that is kudos to you for being able to recognize the sites that are just trying to sell a product that isn’t FDA-approved. Typically, if you come across a site that sounds too good to be true – it probably is!

You are better off speaking with a knowledgeable health care provider like a family doctor or an infectious disease specialist if you really want to get accurate information about herpes and ways you can treat your herpes outbreaks.

There are a lot of FDA-approved treatment options and if it were me I would stay focused on the clinically proven herpes antivirals that are tried and true.

Plantar Warts

Does anyone have plantar warts on their hands? They are the tiniest clear raised bumps. If you’ve ever had them then you know what I’m talking about. I have had them since I was a kid but I’ve never really done anything about them. They have always just been there? Have any of you with Plantar Warts on your hands ever successfully had them treated? If so, with what or how?

Genital Herpes Vaccine HerpV

Agenus Inc said a trial of its experimental genital herpes vaccine reduced the rate at which patients released the virus, reducing the likelihood of infecting others, sending its shares up 32 percent in premarket trading.

The 15 percent reduction in the release of the virus by patients receiving the vaccine in a mid-stage trial compared to those on a placebo, who showed no reduction.

The vaccine, HerpV, also reduced the severity of the infection by 34 percent.

The mid-stage trial had 80 patients with a history of 1-9 herpes recurrences within the prior 12 months. Of them, 70 received the vaccine and 10 received placebo, Agenus said in a statement.

HerpV, being developed as an “off-the-shelf” vaccine, contains Agenus’s QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant that boosts specific immune responses.

The trial tested the efficacy of the vaccine by measuring the release of the virus by patients 45 days before and after three injections of HerpV. A majority of the patients also received a booster injection, given 6 months after the first vaccination.

Genital herpes, a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection, is usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV and Agenus’s vaccine targets HSV type 2, which most often causes genital herpes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections annually and one out of six people aged 14 to 49 years has genital HSV-2 infection.

Agenus said it expected more data in the first half of 2014, showing how the patients fared after the booster shots.

The company’s partners are also testing the QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant in combination with other vaccines.

Agenus shares were up at $3.16 in trading before the bell. The stock closed at $2.40 on Wednesday on the Nasdaq.

H/T: Genital herpes vaccine succeeds in mid-stage trial

What can you tell me about HPV?

Hello, so I have hpv (of the genital warts variety). I haven’t had sex since I was diagnosed and every girl I tell runs away screaming.. Not really but it is getting frustrating. I have heard of a CATCH study on cargeenan gel and is being used in divine 9 lubricant. What do you know of this subject? I can’t find any conclusive results. What are my options for preventing spreading? Rubber boxer condoms? I’ve heard of the vaccine but from what I understand it focuses on 4 strains that cause cervical cancer and other nasty stuff. Not genital warts. I’m lost and have no one to help me on this lame journey… What can you tell me?

—Anonymous

H2O2 Oxygen Therapy Programs

flying-leapI have been getting some interesting comments lately from conspiracy theorists pertaining to Oxygen Therapy. See Lectroject Feedback

My curiosity got the best of me so I decided to do some digging on my search engine of choice. Low and behold I came across this FDA Warning Letter. I was pretty shocked when I saw who the warning was addressed to. That was the same gal who was trying to leave comments about her H2O2 Oxygen Therapy Program she is selling from her web site, the same web site the FDA Warning Letter references.

WHAT A COINCIDENCE!!!

This information has not been evaluated by the FDA and that it is not intended to diagnose/treat any disease.This product has been evaluated by the FDA and it has been given the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe.)

If H2O2 Oxygen Therapy is recognized as “safe” then how come there is still an FDA Warning Letter about this too-good-to-be-true Snake Oil? 

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WHAT A CROCK OF POOP!!! 

I am not a big fan of conspiracy theories. Every time someone comes on MY blog and starts making absurd claims and accusations, posting links from their name, and then sharing misinformation about a subject I’m fairly knowledgeable in — well that’s when I do my homework to try and understand where this person is coming from.

In this case the individual is a snake oil salesman promising to fix all those ailments listed in the block quote above taken directly from the site where she sells her miracle potions. My advice to you is if it sounds too good to be true and the person tries to bash the things that actually do work don’t buy it. Because if that snake oil was really THAT good they wouldn’t need to trash everything that does work and there sure as heck wouldn’t be an FDA Warning Letter.

I Used Abreva for 5 Days

I used Abreva for 5 days and the results were not good. I am very disappointed in Abreva. I didn’t mind spending the money for it, very costly, but with no results. I feel it was money wasted. I have now used another product and with just two applications I am getting results from the other product. –X