HSV/VCV/CMV/HHV-6 - how to combine meds

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Dear guys and gals,

my friend got her HHVs tested a month ago and she was IgM positive for HSV, VCV, CMV and HHV-6. Her symptoms are mainly chronic pain, but other than that she is "healthy" (the rest of her bloodwork is OK) so these infections are probably in the low-grade/chronic territory.

Her MD put her on Valtrex 2-0-2 and Isoprinosine. The effects after three weeks were barely noticeable. Today, he prescribed Valcyte 450mg 2-0-2 and we are expecting artesunate from Hepaling to arrive next week.

My friend is not exactly on the financially rich side and Valcyte is coming out of her pocket at around $3200 per month. I would thus like to ask your recommendations about the following:

  1. is there a best way to combine Valcyte and Artesunate? Can these be taken together w/o problems?
  2. is there some interplay between vitamin D (or other vitamins for that matter) and Valcyte? Does it pay to have vitamin D raised before starting Valcyte/Artesunate?
  3. Valcyte seems much cheaper on e.g. buy-pharma than it is here - is it safe to buy Valcyte there and use it in case more than a month is needed?
Thank you,
Daniel
 

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Dear guys and gals,

my friend got her HHVs tested a month ago and she was IgM positive for HSV, VCV, CMV and HHV-6. Her symptoms are mainly chronic pain, but other than that she is "healthy" (the rest of her bloodwork is OK) so these infections are probably in the low-grade/chronic territory.

Her MD put her on Valtrex 2-0-2 and Isoprinosine. The effects after three weeks were barely noticeable. Today, he prescribed Valcyte 450mg 2-0-2 and we are expecting artesunate from Hepaling to arrive next week.

My friend is not exactly on the financially rich side and Valcyte is coming out of her pocket at around $3200 per month. I would thus like to ask your recommendations about the following:

  1. is there a best way to combine Valcyte and Artesunate? Can these be taken together w/o problems?
  2. is there some interplay between vitamin D (or other vitamins for that matter) and Valcyte? Does it pay to have vitamin D raised before starting Valcyte/Artesunate?
  3. Valcyte seems much cheaper on e.g. buy-pharma than it is here - is it safe to buy Valcyte there and use it in case more than a month is needed?
Thank you,
Daniel
Another option to talk over with ones dr, which may help as with some pts on this forum have found helpful treating cmv and hhv6 which valcyte is used for, is to change to famvir and drop valtrex and valcyte. Some cfs drs also prefer famvir before stepping up to use valcyte. In the mean time save up ones pennies incase valcyte is needed down the track.