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Valacyclovir (Valtrex) / Acyclovir (Sitavig, Zovirax) are doctor-prescribed antiviral drugs used to both treat and prevent outbreaks that occur on the mouth and/or genitals. Ingredients: valacyclovir [500mg or 1000mg] or acyclovir [400mg or 800mg], carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Lake, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, titanium dioxide

Overview

Taking antiviral medication for Cold Sores can prevent a full-on outbreak and reduce transmission to loved ones. Cold sores are blisters that form around the exterior lips or inside the mouth, caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. Anytime a single cold sore appears it is considered an outbreak, although outbreaks commonly produce multiple sores. Cold sores cause mild discomfort to extreme physical pain. Their severity usually depends on how many previous outbreaks have occurred, as well as how quickly an antiviral (Valacyclovir or Acyclovir) is administered. Keeping meds on hand means you take what you need, when you need it. Privately message a wisp doctor to adjust your prescription anytime and start living outbreak-free.

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Cold Sore Symptoms:
  • Painful blisters on the mouth, lips, nose or throat
  • Fever and body aches (similar to flu-symptoms)
  • Mouth and throat pain
  • Blisters eventually pop and scab over in begin healing
  • Cold sore symptoms last about 12 days
  • Swelling in the neck

Valacyclovir and Acyclovir are available based on patient preference and medical need.

Valacyclovir (and Acyclovir)/Cold sores - Details

  • Because outbreaks vary in frequency and severity, it's important to get a personalized Episodic or Suppressive treatment plan.

  • Valacyclovir (500mg or 1000mg) or Acyclovir (400mg or 800mg), carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, crospovidone, FD&C Blue No. 2 Lake, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, titanium dioxide

What are cold sore antivirals?

Valacyclovir (Valtrex) & Acyclovir (Zovirax, Sitavig) are the most effective prescription antiviral drugs approved by the FDA for herpes treatment - both to treat and prevent outbreaks that occur on the mouth and/or genitals. Scientifically speaking, Valacyclovir and Acyclovir are equally effective. Valacyclovir stays in your body longer so you only have to take it once a day, whereas Acyclovir must be taken twice a day.

How often should I take antivirals for cold sores?

Suppressive treatment, taken everyday, can reduce your risk of an outbreak by at least 80%, and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others down to 1% of the time (taken daily, Acyclovir has shown to reduce viral shedding by 95% and Valacyclovir has shown to reduce the chances of infecting a partner by 75%)

Episodic treatment, taken just when you feel an outbreak coming, reduces the severity and duration of an outbreak but does not reduce your risk of getting an outbreak in the first place. Episodic treatment does not reduce your chance of spreading the virus to your sexual partner(s). When taken at the first sign of symptoms, episodic treatments can prevent an outbreak from fully forming.

What should I take to get rid of a herpes outbreak fast?

Taking Valacyclovir 1 gram is considered an effective "episodic" treatment that will stop an outbreak in the early stages. Using a home remedy for cold sores in mouth may not be as effective for early cold sore treatment as prescription herpes medication. To get rid of a cold sore asap, always take a trusted antiviral medication for cold sores at the first sign of a fever blister. However, sometimes the best cold sore medicine is to change the frequency and dosage of your antiviral prescription, i.e. taking a daily suppressive dose, instead of only when symptoms start, to prevent herpes outbreaks altogether.

Is there a daily medication I can just take that prevents outbreaks?

Yes! You can take this medication two ways: 1) Just when you feel an outbreak coming (episodic), which is a 5-day treatment that speeds up recovery and reduces the severity and length of the outbreak but does not reduce your risk of getting an outbreak nor spreading the virus to your partners, or 2) Everyday (suppressive), which can reduce your risk of an outbreak by at least 70-80%, and reduce your risk of spreading the virus to sexual partners down to 1% of the time.

How quickly do cold sore pills work?

Valacyclovir (Valtrex) & Acyclovir (Zovirax and Sitavig) are the most effective drugs on the market today for treating cold sores, shingles and genital herpes outbreaks—they are also used to treat chickenpox (VZV).

Both Medications are considered equally effective for preventing outbreaks & the spread of Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 to sexual partners. The most important thing for preventing an outbreak is beginning treatment within 48 hours of feeling the first symptoms in the area you're treating (itchiness, tingling, burning, pain). The quicker you take valacyclovir or acyclovir, the less likely (if at all) you are to experience an outbreak.

Do you require a herpes test for treatment?

No, our doctors will be able view your information and discuss your symptoms with you. Herpes testing is an antibody test and many patients experiencing their first outbreak will not test positive. Most physicians (in-person or through telemedicine) do not require a positive test for treatment.

How fast can I get same day meds?

Our doctors will review your information within 1-2 hours and, if safe and appropriate, prescribe medication for same day pick up at the local pharmacy of your choosing. Alternatively, we can ship meds to your home in 3-5 days for free.

How fast will meds be delivered to my house?

Our doctors will review your information within 1-2 hours and, if safe and appropriate, prescribe medication. We ship via USPS, and your package will arrive within 3-5 business days at no extra cost.

Do you accept insurance?

Wisp does not currently accept insurance for consultation or prescription costs. Our services are priced based on the cost of subscription and one-time purchase amount, and vary based on the needs of each patient. The medication cost is included in our prices when shipped from our pharmacy. Wisp Care access, included with subscription, is priced to provide access for anyone who needs access to a doctor regardless of insurance. If you have insurance, depending on your plan, it may be possible to bill insurance specifically for your meds if you choose same day pick up at the pharmacy.

Can I pay for wisp with FSA & HSA?

Yes! At checkout you will be able to enter a Credit Card and your FSA or HSA card.

Is the first month free?

Yep, we'll pay for your first month of meds, no promo code necessary. The cost of 1 month’s meds is subtracted from the quarterly cost of subscription and applied directly in the cart at checkout. First-time users only.

How do I know wisp is legitimate?

You can check our LegitScript certification at the bottom of our site (a 3rd party accreditation service that Google uses and requires in order to advertise prescription drugs). All of our physicians and partner pharmacies are U.S. licensed & Board Certified (they can only dispense medication from certified manufacturers). Plus, we store all of your data in a HIPAA compliant manner, and ensure that our payment processing is PCI compliant.

Cold sores are common. But outbreaks decrease in intensity and duration with antiviral medication. We prescribe FDA approved meds based on the frequency and severity of symptoms.

Dr. Mary Clifton M.D.

How it Works

(goodbye doctor visits)

1. Choose Your Meds

Decide what's right for you and complete a quick (private) medical form. Select a one-time or recurring-subscription plan.

2. Our Doctors Review

Within 24 hours, a U.S. licensed physician will follow up by phone or secure chat and write a prescription (when safe and appropriate)

3. Free Delivery | Same day Pickup

Meds ship FREE to your home in discreet packaging, or you can pick them up same-day at a local pharmacy.

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How it Works

(goodbye doctor visits)

1. Choose Your Meds

Decide what's right for you and complete a quick (private) medical form. Select a one-time or recurring-subscription plan.

2. Our Doctors Review

Within 24 hours, a U.S. licensed physician will follow up by phone or secure chat and write a prescription (when safe and appropriate)

3. Free Delivery | Same day Pickup

Meds ship FREE to your home in discreet packaging, or you can pick them up same-day at a local pharmacy.

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24/7 Medical Support

Chat with our pharmacist or medical team anytime

FAQ

What should I take to get rid of a herpes outbreak fast?

Taking Valacyclovir 1 gram is considered an effective "episodic" treatment for how to stop a cold sore in the early stages. Using a home remedey for cold sore in mouth may not be as effective for early cold sore treatment as prescription herpes medication. To get rid of a cold sore asap, always take a trusted antiviral medication for cold sores at the first sign of a fever blister. However, sometimes the best cold sore medicine is to change the frequency and dosage of your antiviral prescription, i.e. taking a daily suppressive dose, instead of onlly when symptoms start, to prevent herpes outbreaks altogether.

Is there a daily medication I can just take that prevents outbreaks?

Yes! You can take this medication two ways: 1) Just when you feel an outbreak coming (episodic), which is a 5-day treatment that speeds up recovery and reduces the severity and length of the outbreak but does not reduce your risk of getting an outbreak nor spreading the virus to your partners, or 2) Everyday (suppressive), which can reduce your risk of an outbreak by at least 70-80%, and reduce your risk of spreading the virus to sexual partners down to 1% of the time.

How do I know this is legitimate?

You can check our LegitScript certification at the bottom of our site (a 3rd party accreditation service that Google uses and requires in order to advertise prescription drugs). All of our physicians and partner pharmacies are U.S. licensed & Board Certified (they can only dispense medication from certified manufacturers), we store all of your data in a HIPAA compliant manner, and our payment processing is PCI compliant.

How fast can I get medication?

Our doctors typically review your medical information within 2-4 hours! Then, if safe and appropriate, your prescription medication will be sent out for delivery or called-in to a local pharmacy for same-day pickup. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, please reach out to support@hellowisp.com and we'll make sure it gets called in ASAP!

Do I need insurance?

Nope! Our prices include FREE delivery whether you have insurance or not. If you select same-day pharmacy pickup, you can bill insurance for your medication and if you don't have it we offer coupons to keep your total under $20!

Will this really help? I seem to be getting more frequent outbreaks.

Yes, we offer the most effective FDA-Approved medication available: Valacyclovir to Acyclovir. Scientifically speaking, both medications are equally effective. However, some people respond better to one or the other. Also, a higher dose might be required if outbreaks persist. If you find that one medication & dose isn't working as well as you'd like, please let our doctor know and they'll recommend either 1) trying a different medication, 2) a higher dose, or 3) both.

How (quickly) do these pills work?

Valacyclovir (aka Valtrex) & Acyclovir (aka Zovirax and Sitavig) are the most effective drugs on the market today for treating cold sores, shingles and genital herpes outbreaks—they are also used to treat chickenpox (VZV).

Both Medications are considered equally effective for preventing outbreaks & the spread of Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 to sexual partners. The most important thing for preventing an outbreak is beginning treatment within 48 hours of feeling the first symptoms in the area you're treating (itchiness, tingling, burning, pain). The quicker you take valacyclovir or acyclovir, the less likely (if at all) you are to experience an outbreak.

If you feel anything coming on, talk to a doctor to see if valacyclovir or acyclovir are right for you is right for you.