Can Adderall Causes a Herpes Outbreak?
Herpes is a viral infection passed on by either sexual intercourse or oral connectivity. While the virus isn't curable, it is very treatable and can even be medicated by an online doctor.
There are two major types of herpes, HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus 1) and HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus 2). HSV-1 is what causes cold sores to form on and around your mouth, while HSV-2 is what causes blisters to form on and around genitals during a herpes outbreak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention write, "Infections are transmitted through contact with HSV in herpes lesions, mucosal surfaces, genital secretions, or oral secretions. HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be shed from normal-appearing oral or genital mucosa or skin. Generally, a person can only get HSV-2 infection during genital contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection."
Treating herpes can be tricky if a patient is already taking other medications. For those who take Adderall, for example, a common question lingers as to whether Adderall negatively impacts HSV.
Herpes is a very treatable disorder, although to date there is no vaccine or cure. Most treatments are oral or topical and used to combat breakouts as they occur. According to Women's Health, "Herpes has no cure. But antiviral medicines can prevent or shorten outbreaks during the time you take the medicine. Also, daily suppressive therapy (for example, daily use of antiviral medicine) for herpes can lower your chance of spreading the infection to your partner. Your doctor will either give you antiviral medicine to take right after getting outbreak symptoms or to take regularly to try to stop outbreaks from happening."
Common herpes treatments include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir. In extreme circumstances where outbreaks are uncontainable, or painful, your doctor may use intravenous solutions. Acyclovir, for example, is available as an injection. These medications stop the virus from reproducing which halts the creation and spread of blisters until the next outbreak.
There are also some home remedies for herpes, although these are more for the pain and discomfort associated with your outbreak, than the outbreak itself. Sitz baths, bathing in saltwater both reduce redness and itching around blisters. You may also rub Vaseline over red or dry skin to protect it from drying out or becoming increasingly raw. You can ask your doctor which at home solutions are best for your symptoms.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a medication used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactive disorder or narcolepsy. In patients with ADHD, the Adderall helps calm and focus the mind. For patients with narcolepsy, Adderall removes brain fog and fatigue, promoting wakefulness.
Adderall is made up of four amphetamine salts and is often referred to as dextroamphetamine- amphetamine. It increases norepinephrine and dopamine in the CNS (central nervous system). This changes the way we react to things, how quickly we respond to stimuli, and how we feel emotionally. Dopamine, for example, is a natural chemical created in your body. It causes positive moods and is your body's method of reward.
Adderall produces dopamine in higher than normal levels, which is one reason it becomes addictive to those who use it regularly. Drugabuse.gov writes, "Repeated misuse of prescription stimulants, even within a short period, can cause psychosis, anger, or paranoia. If the drug is injected, it is important to note that sharing drug injection equipment and having impaired judgment from drug misuse can increase the risk of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis." When used properly, Adderall is a useful medication to manage symptoms of ADHD.
Does Adderall Affect Herpes and Why?
The herpes virus can't be obtained through medication. In this way, Adderall can't cause the herpes simplex virus. However, some individuals afflicted by herpes who use Adderall to treat other conditions have reported outbreaks following use of their Adderall medication. The thought behind this, although more research is required to confirm scientific opinions, is that Adderall dehydrates the body, drying mucus membranes. It also limits the effectiveness of your immune system. These things in combination cause outbreaks to appear more frequently and last longer.
Men and women taking Adderall while simultaneously treating herpes may want to speak to a physician about possible alternative medications to manage ADHD or narcolepsy. Sometimes an online doctor consultation proves useful in this area, but it helps to be re-examined by a family doctor to confirm which prescriptions are needed and what could be used in its place.
Using an Online Doctor Service to Treat Herpes
Online doctor services have become more popular over the past few decades with the boom of the internet age. As technology continues to expand at a rapid pace, the medical field is also advancing. The introduction of telemedicine to the world has made medical treatment more accessible, affordable, and convenient to those who seek it.
There is an especially high number of sexual disorder patients who choose an online doctor consultation over sitting in a waiting room office and speaking to a doctor in person. This is because many people feel embarrassed about sharing information on sexual disorders. While many disorders, including herpes, are quite common, the stigma makes it difficult to open-up about it. In fact, many men and women will go without treatment to avoid speaking about their personal experience with herpes.
Online medicine is as simple as signing up for an online doctor consultation, speaking to a physician, receiving a prescription, and picking up your medication at the nearest local pharmacy. This helps if you live in a rural area, are on vacation, or are nervous about braving the crowds of people at your local doctor's office.
For individuals using Adderall who are also experiencing herpes symptoms, it's important to speak to your doctor about any changes you notice in outbreaks. The earlier you mention these changes the easier they will be to correct.
If you're interested in learning more about treatment of ADHD or herpes, or you want to use an online doctor service for prescription renewal, contact ExpressMedRefills today. Our team of experienced and certified U.S.-based doctors are happy to help.
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