Valacyclovir, acyclovir, and similar drugs are antivirals drug prescribed for oral herpes, genital herpes, and other viral infection. Antivirals work by inhibiting the enzymes required for viral DNA replication.
I don’t recommend using drugs like valacyclovir or other medicines with highly specific, potent activity. I don’t expect that antivirals would have any effect on a stool test, so I have no concerns in that regard. Probiotics can interfere with stool testing, so discontinue them about 14 days before taking the samples. Although antivirals don’t interfere with stool tests, I still don’t recommend them to my clients. I’m not very happy to see my patients on antivirals because I have concerns about prolonged exposure to synthetic medications.
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If an antiviral is being considered, another option is to take L-lysine, an amino acid that inhibits viral replication. L-lysine has no side effects. It is not uncommon for people with herpes to follow a high L-lysine diet to help prevent a recurrence. Taking the amino-acid L-arginine out of your diet can also help because L-arginine stimulates viral replication. Chocolate and nut are examples of foods that are high in arginine.
I believe that people don’t need to take synthetic drugs like valacyclovir or acyclovir when there are natural alternatives. I don’t think it’s possible to get away scot-free if you take drugs on a prolonged basis. Even if the target is a virus or another type of infection, other bodily systems are affected by pharmaceutical medication. My concern is that the long-term cost of being on prescription medication may be much higher than any short-term benefit.