If you have genital herpes and need treatment for when outbreaks occur you can place a prescription request for the antiviral medication Aciclovir, Valaciclovir or Famciclovir using our online service.
If you suffer from six or more outbreaks of herpes a year or find your outbreaks particularly stressful, then you may wish to order herpes suppression therapy. This is a low dose of the antiviral genital herpes treatment which is taken every day to help prevent future outbreaks of herpes.
If you wish to confirm whether you are a carrier of herpes, order a test online now.
To carry out the home test follow these steps:
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.
Due to a national increase in coronavirus testing, our test lab partners are experiencing delays of up to 3-4 days when delivering results from other test kits. We ask for your patience and compassion during these unprecedented times, and we're deeply grateful for your continued understanding.
Last reviewed: 21/5/2020 by Dr Simran Deo
|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|
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
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 an outbreak of blisters which are common herpes symptoms. Treatment is with antiviral medication to help prevent and control outbreaks. If you’re unsure your symptoms are due to herpes, you can take a genital herpes test to confirm your diagnosis.
There are 3 main types of treatment for genital herpes:
Aciclovir tablets can be used for both outbreaks of genital herpes and cold sores, as well as for suppression. The dose and length of course can vary depending on whether you are using it to treat an outbreak or to prevent future outbreaks from occurring.
Valaciclovir tablets are known as a pro-drug, and become Aciclovir in your body. Like aciclovir tablets they can be used to treat acute outbreaks or for suppression.
Famciclovir tablets can be used if treatment with Aciclovir or Valaciclovir has been unsuccessful.
Both genital and oral herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are 2 types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. These are both known to cause genital herpes and cold sores (oral herpes), although HSV-2 is more commonly associated with genital herpes and HSV-1, with oral 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, which has the same active ingredient as the Aciclovir tablets, but is put directly onto the cold sore. Aciclovir cream is not a recommended treatment for genital herpes.
Before starting any 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.
No. The anti-viral tablets cannot be bought over-the-counter. All herpes tablets are prescription-only, so you will need to see your GP or order them from an online doctor service like Superdrug Online Doctor.
You can use painkillers and numbing medications (like lidocaine gel) to help you with any pain or discomfort you may be getting from your genital herpes.
If you are suffering from cold sores you can buy Aciclovir cream over-the-counter which can help with symptom of oral herpes, but will not help with genital herpes.
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