What about side effects of genital herpes medications?

Genital herpes treatments are well-tolerated by most people, however it is best to discuss the benefits and risks with a healthcare practitioner.

Topical treatments can have some side effects including dry lips, dryness of skin, cracked lips, burning skin, shedding skin, itching, flakiness, and stinging on the skin.

Oral treatment is quite safe and generally has few side effects, but possible side effects include headaches, dizziness, depression, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, stomach pain, and joint pain. In some cases, oral medications may not be the best choice for certain people. People with kidney damage or kidney failure may need a lower dosage. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have kidney problems before you start taking the drug.

If you experience side effects, we always suggest you discuss them with a healthcare practitioner.