I have experienced non-stop severe cold sores for almost three months. I know how I got infected, and know I've never had them before. They cover the outer half of both lips, top and bottom). I've tried acyclovir and generic valtrex, with no relief. Not even a two hour break. Still taking generic valtrex (1 gram twice a day). I am taking Thompson's lip relief (lysine, vit c, zinc, bioflavanoids) and an immune support (andrographis,olive leaf, echinacea), and have been for a few weeks. I apply Super Lysine and lemon balm cream. I cut out caffeine (ouch!) and have eliminated chocolate, oats, wheat, raisins, brown rice, and any other foods from the 'no no' list. I am eating foods high in lysine. I stay out of the sun, and in fact, have just stopped leaving the house for fear of sun exposure.
dosage of valacyclovir -- would it make sense to raise the dose?
Or pay the way higher cost of Valtrex?
is it possible the 400mg 3x day acyclovir was not a high enough dose?
Would zovirax be a better idea?
I have heard that these drugs don't work for everyone. I am searching for a new doctor, and would like to be able to present ideas for other prescriptions so as to not waste more time and money.