If you have genital herpes and want treatment to hand for when outbreaks occur, you can order the antiviral medicines Aciclovir and Valaciclovir from us online.
If you suffer from six or more herpes outbreaks a year, then you may wish to order herpes suppression therapy. You will take a low dose of the antiviral genital herpes treatment every day to help prevent future herpes outbreaks.
To place an order, fill in our brief questionnaire below. Our doctor will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.
|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|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
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. So, herpes treatment includes using antiviral medication to help tackle outbreaks and help symptoms die down quicker.
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, and suppressive treatment for both too. The way you take Aciclovir for herpes depends on:
Whether you want a short or long course for an outbreak
If it’s your first outbreak
If you using it long-term to avoid outbreaks
Valaciclovir tablets – the ingredient in these tablets is actually turned into aciclovir in your body, making it something we call a ‘pro-drug’. Like with aciclovir tablets, how you take your valaciclovir depends on your situation.
Famciclovir tablets – another antiviral medication.
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), even though HSV-2 usually affects the genital area. 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 you put it directly onto your cold sores. Aciclovir cream is not very helpful for genital herpes, so it’s not a recommended treatment if you’re having a genital herpes outbreak.
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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