What is Herpes?

Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Once infected, herpes remains in the body for life. Symptoms include painful blisters on the mouth, face, or genital area. A person with the herpes virus may not know they are infected because they show no signs or symptoms.

There is no cure for herpes; however, antiviral medications can reduce the number of breakouts and the duration of breakouts. Common drug classes used to treat herpes are herpes virus nucleoside analogue / corticosteroid combinations, herpes virus nucleoside analogues, and nucleoside analogue antivirals.

Savings Tips for Herpes

  • Is There a Herpes Vaccine?

    March 17, 2016

    Herpes sucks. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can cause a wide range of problems, including lesions on the mouth and genitals. There has been a dramatic increase in genital herpes infections over the last several years. Because HSV has a latent phase it likes to reactivate and recur throughout your life—so you can never really forget about it.

    Well, now there is exciting news in the fight against HSV. In October 2015 it was announced that a herpes vaccine was in phase II trials, meaning it is being tested on larger groups of people to ensure safety and effectiveness. See More

  • Eight Reasons Hook-Up Apps Are Bad for Your Health

    June 06, 2014

    Tinder, Grindr and GROWLr may be bad for your health. The ease of these hook-up apps is contributing to sexually transmitted diseases, not just in young folks but baby boomers as well. Anonymous, no-strings-attached sex may be bad for your health. Of course these apps aren’t the only thing at work, but here is what you need to know about what’s happening now in the U.S.

    1.  Syphilis.  An STD that was all but wiped out is now coming back at alarming rates. See More

  • What Is the Best Treatment for Oral Herpes?

    June 06, 2013

    It’s estimated there are 100 million episodes of oral herpes annually, so imagine the money we spend on herpes medications. Much of what I’m going to tell you will surprise you. Many patients with herpes lesions of their lips and mouth use topical creams or ointments to treat their sores. Turns out, they don’t work so well and they cost a lot. There is a lot going on here that you need to know.

    What about topical herpes treatments?

    Topical creams and ointments like Zovirax (acyclovir) and Denavir (penciclovir) are available and have been studied for oral herpes (herpes labialis). See More

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Popular Herpes Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Herpes Virus Nucleoside Analogues 30 See Prices
Herpes Virus Nucleoside Analogues 17 See Prices
Herpes Virus Nucleoside Analogues 30 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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