Care Quality Commission (www.cqc.org.uk) regulated Online Doctor Service
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Herpes treatment

Tablets available to reduce severity of herpes outbreaks

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Confidential Herpes Treatment Service

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How can Anytime Doctor help me?

We provide this regulated, specialist service only for people who have been diagnosed with herpes or who recognise the symptoms of herpes after having had a previous episode in the past. This service allows you to obtain herpes treatment in advance so you can be ready for your next herpes outbreak.

There is no cure for herpes, the antiviral tablets or local anaesthetic cream is used to alleviate the symptoms of herpes when you have an outbreak. If you cannot recognise the symptoms of herpes, then this medication is unlikely to benefit you.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are confidential (we do not inform your GP) and allow you to get tested and treated within the privacy of your home and without the potential embarrassment of a face-to-face doctor consultation or the inconvenience of lengthy waiting rooms.

How does the Anytime Doctor service work?

Step 1: Register online and complete the free online medical questionnaire consultation. A GMC-registered doctor will review your questionnaire and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. You do not pay for your doctor consultation.

Step 2: If you are approved for treatment you will be sent a text message asking you to log back into your secure patient record. You can pay for your herpes treatment using a debit or credit card.

Step 3: Order before 4pm Monday to Friday and our partner UK Pharmacy will aim to dispense and despatch your medicine in that day's post using Royal Mail Special Delivery for delivery before 1pm the next working day. Your medicine can be delivered to your work or home address, someone needs to sign for the delivery but it does not have to be you.

Why are there no prices shown for the Anytime Doctor treatment services?

At Anytime Doctor, we aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation and receive a diagnosis by a licensed doctor before you are offered treatment options. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your registration and medical consultation is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

How do you take your herpes treatment?

Tablets: The herpes antiviral tablets is an oral medication that you take by mouth for five days. You should start taking your treatment as soon as you recognise a herpes outbreak beginning.

Cream: The herpes cream is a local anaesthetic that you should apply directly to the part of your skin where you have had a previous herpes outbreak from.

What are the potential side-effects (contraindications) of this herpes treatment?

All medication can cause side effects.

Tablets: The antiviral tablets can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and/or an allergic rash.

Cream: The herpes cream can cause an allergic reaction.

The leaflet accompanying your treatment will list some of the rarer side-effects.

When answering your medical questionnaire for herpes treatment it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before they prescribe you treatment.

How effective is this herpes treatment?

There is no cure to herpes; however it is possible to decrease the discomfort of a herpes outbreak by using herpes treatment in the form of tablets or cream.

Who should not use this particular herpes treatment service?

Tablets: This particular herpes treatment service is not suitable for patients who are allergic to acyclovir or who have liver or kidney disease.

Cream: This particular herpes treatment service is not suitable for patients who are allergic to any local anaesthetic.

Alternate treatment options

The three main methods used to manage a herpes outbreak are: herpes antiviral tablets, local anaesthetic cream or suppression therapy.

If you suffer from repeated herpes outbreaks (more than 5 per year) you should consider suppression therapy; this particular treatment service is also available through Anytime Doctor's postal clinic.

Looking after your herpes treatment

This treatment is for YOU only. Do not give it to others. It may not suit them.

Do not take this medicine after the expiry date stamped on the pack.

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Where can you find out more information?

Anytime Doctor's Health Library provides a comprehensive resource on all services offered through Anytime Doctor. The Health Library also contains references and links to reputable organisations such as: NHS Direct (UK), FDA (US Food and Drug Administration), NetDoctor (UK), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA), Department of Health (UK) and the Health Protection Agency (UK).
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