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Pack of aciclovir for genital herpes

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Pack of aciclovir for genital herpes
Aciclovir is a treatment for genital herpes. It is used to treat bouts and suppress recurrent bouts. To place your order, fill in our brief medical questionnaire and indicate your preferred treatment. One of our online doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.

If you have never been diagnosed with herpes, our doctor will ask you to provide a photograph of the affected area for the purpose of diagnosis.

If you are looking for oral herpes treatment please use our cold sore service.

Start Order - Acute Genital Herpes

Start Order - Suppression Treatment

To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.


1st outbreak -
up to 10 days (30 tablets)
 
£25.00
Repeat outbreak -
5 days, 1 course (15 tablets)
£20.00
5 days, 2 courses (30 tablets) £25.00
5 days, 3 courses (45 tablets)
 
£30.00
Suppression treatment -
3 months (168 tablets)
£49.00

Prices include prescription and delivery.

In a hurry? Choose Click and Collect and pick up your order after just 3 hours from a Alpha XR Pharmacy.

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You will choose your delivery option at the checkout. Delivery options may vary depending on the pack size and dosage chosen.

Can I Buy Aciclovir Online?

What is aciclovir?

Aciclovir (or "acyclovir") is an antiviral medication for genital herpes. It can be taken to treat or prevent genital herpes outbreaks and is a prescription-only treatment. Although there is no cure for herpes and the virus will remain in your body, taking aciclovir can stop or reduce the unpleasant symptoms. In order to buy Aciclovir, you need a prescription. When you place an order with us, one of our doctors will review your order and issue a prescription if the medication is suitable for you.

How is aciclovir taken?

Aciclovir tablets can be taken without food but you should drink a glass of water whenever you take a tablet. You should also drink plenty of water during your treatment to minimise the risk of dehydration, as aciclovir can be harmful to the kidneys if you become dehydrated.

Which dosage do I require?

The dosage and duration of your course of aciclovir depends on whether you have herpes symptoms at the moment or whether you are being treated to prevent recurrent genital herpes outbreaks.

Dosage for an acute outbreak

If you are suffering from an acute herpes outbreak, the doctor will prescribe a 5 day course of three 400mg aciclovir tablets every day. Please note, product packaging may differ from the image above.

Preventative treatment

If you have had more than six genital herpes outbreaks in the last year or you are struggling with particularly severe symptoms, our doctor may recommend a preventative herpes treatment of two 400mg tablets of aciclovir per day, to be taken every day for 6-12 months. This may prevent you from getting further outbreaks.

How fast will it work?

How quickly and how well aciclovir works depends on the severity of your symptoms and how soon after you start noticing symptoms you start treatment.

It is best to start taking aciclovir as soon as you notice the first symptoms. In some cases, aciclovir will prevent the development of sores if taken before the first sores have developed.

Once the lesions have developed, aciclovir can prevent that further sores develop and help your body fight the virus. The duration of herpes bouts varies and an outbreak can last from a few days to a few weeks. You should consult a doctor as soon as you spot the signs of a beginning outbreak.

Can I have sex while taking aciclovir?

The herpes virus is particularly easily passed on during an active outbreak. You should avoid having sex until all lesions have healed completely. If you do choose to have sex in the meantime, you should use a condom. 

Using a condom will help reduce the risk of transmission. As condoms only cover the penis and leave other areas of your and your partner’s skin exposed, there is still a risk that you could transmit the virus, even when using a condom.

Once you carry the virus, there is always a risk that you could pass it on to a partner, regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms. It is best to continue using a condom once your lesions have healed to reduce the risk of transmission.

For personalised advice, speak to one of our doctors in a telephone consultation.

What is in an aciclovir tablet?

Every aciclovir tablet contains 400mg of aciclovir (the ‘active ingredient’). Additional ingredients may include lactose, magnesium stearate, polyvidone, E132, sodium starch glycollate, colloidal anhydrous silica, E172 or E460. If you think that you are allergic to any of these ingredients, consult the doctor before taking the first dose.

Depending on which brand the pharmacy dispenses, your aciclovir medication may be called Zovirax. Zovirax is a brand name of medication, which contains aciclovir.


Aciclovir is also sometimes spelled "acyclovir".
Common aciclovir side effects

  • nausea and being sick
  • headache
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach pain
  • skin rashes and itching
  • dizziness
  • tiredness

Uncommon side effects

  • sensitivity to sunlight (as well as certain artificial lights and sunbeds)
  • fever

Rare side effects


  • generally feeling unwell
  • drowsiness, confusion or hallucinations
  • increase in certain liver enzymes and bilirubin (the yellow pigment found in bile)
  • kidney problems and kidney failure
  • severe skin rash with blisters, ulcers, flushing and fever
  • peeling and swelling of the skin
  • fits and reduced consciousness
  • hair loss

Very rare side effects

  • hepatitis
  • jaundice
  • changes in the numbers and types of your blood cells (anaemia, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia) which could lead to bruising, bleeding, tiredness or infections
If you experience any of these symptoms you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before taking medication.
Warnings

Depending on your general health and medical history, aciclovir tablets may not be suitable for you. Do not take aciclovir if you experience:

  • hypersensitivity to aciclovir or one of the ingredients
  • certain conditions affecting the nervous system - you should tell your doctor if you have any neurological problems
  • kidney problems

The risk of kidney problems with aciclovir is increased with dehydration, especially if you’re taking tablets which contain a high dosage. You should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Can you take aciclovir while breastfeeding?

There is only limited information on whether aciclovir is safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you experience a bout of herpes during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, visit your doctor to discuss treatment options.

Drug interactions

Aciclovir tablets are known to interact with certain medications, including the following:

  • cimetidine (an antihistamine drug which is used to treat stomach acidity and peptic ulcers) and probenecid (used to treat gout)
  • theophylline (used in the treatment of asthma)
  • zidovudine (an HIV drug)
  • ciclosporin and mycophenolate mofetil (medicines affecting the immune system that are used in organ transplantation and some other conditions)
Before you begin your treatment with aciclovir, tell the doctor about any prescription and non-prescription medication that you are taking.

Can you take aciclovir with alcohol?

There is no known interaction between alcohol and aciclovir, so drinking alcohol while taking aciclovir should not affect your treatment. You may wish to avoid drinking an excessive amount of alcohol while suffering from a bout of herpes to help your body recover and fight the infection.
What is Zovirax?

Zovirax is a branded medication which contains aciclovir. Zovirax tablets work in the same way as aciclovir tablets and they can be prescribed for suppression treatment or for acute episodes.

As most branded medications, Zovirax can be slightly more expensive than the generic medication. 

Alpha XR Online Doctor provides the generic medication, which is dispensed by one of our pharmacies.

Zovirax tablets

Zovirax tablets are taken in the same way as aciclovir tablets. During treatment for acute symptoms you need to take three 400mg tablets a day. In order to suppress the virus, you need to take two 400mg tablets per day.

Zovirax can cause the same side effects as aciclovir.
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    Good advice from the online doctor and quick delivery

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    by , 22nd Oct 2019
    I use this service for Cold sore treatment (tablets) and can't fault the service or product. I absolutely hate getting cold sores (as I sure all sufferers does), so anything that helps heal me quicker or prevents the outbreak (caught at the tingle) is definitely a winner in my book!!!

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    by , 15th Oct 2019
    Came on time and so much more convenient than having to get it from the docs every time

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    by , 9th Oct 2019
    Great service, saves time, easy to use and medication works

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    by , 6th Oct 2019
    A couple of times a year I get a horrible coldsore on my top lip and unless I catch it quickly, it swells massively and is really painful and unsightly. My previous GP used to give me a repeat prescription for Aciclovir, to keep in for when I had a flare up. Having moved recently my new GP would only prescribe Aciclovir if he saw me first. However, it is a minimum wait of two weeks for an appointment. I used the Alpha XR online service and was able to sort this myself, without having to waste a GP appointment and having to wait two weeks. Because I managed to get the medication straight away, the coldsore went quickly. Thanks!

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    Has help me a lot

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    by , 23rd Sep 2019
    Great service, easy to use.very helpful and good options for delivery and collections.

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    by , 14th Sep 2019
    I feel it was helpful Thank you

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    by , 10th Sep 2019
    Very good. Would recommend the online doctor system

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    by , 28th Aug 2019
    Very pleased to know I have this option to save time and receive the meds I need in a very professional way thank you

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    by , 11th Aug 2019
    Quick delivery and very prompt professional service- thank you

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    by , 11th Aug 2019
    Amazing quick efficient

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    by , 31st Jul 2019
    Had to pay over the normal nhs prescription price to get the medication i needed. Its all privet pharmasist charging way to much when your in need not just Alpha XR, just not on. However the service from suprdrug was fast and easy, will use again if i need to.

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    by , 13th Jul 2019
    Excelente service.

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    by , 11th Jul 2019
    Came on time and solved problem

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    by , 29th Jun 2019
    It’s a real relief to know this service exists! It’s perfect when you know you’re going to have a hard timd getting to the doctor and you’re clear on what you need and why - as I was. If you’re really feeling unwell and/or need something in a hurry, choose your delivery option carefully, as having it posted could take linger than you expect whereas pick-up can be same day.

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    by , 16th Jun 2019
    Helped to clear out a huge outburst of herpes in one week.

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    by , 14th Jun 2019
    Great product and service.

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    by , 27th Apr 2019
    Best day delivery, great service.

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    by , 26th Apr 2019
    Product worked really quickly and pain was gone instantly

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    by , 24th Apr 2019
    Easy to use and no problem I'm ordering. Quick service thanks

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    by , 23rd Apr 2019
    Fast delivery.....two weeks in and seems to be working well

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    by , 22nd Apr 2019
    Having used acyclovir tablets before for a cold sore breakout, nice to know that it can be purchased, consultation brief, great communication, would recommend to family and friends.

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    by , 4th Apr 2019
    Din't seam to make any difference at all. And VERY expensive.

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    by , 25th Mar 2019
    Quick response,same day product available, at a chemist near me.

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    by , 25th Mar 2019
    Was extremely happy with it... saved outbreak getting worse by having to wait to see my gp

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    by , 20th Mar 2019
    Very reliable, efficient and prompt service, with good follow-up and instructions about what to do if I needed further advice. Completely bona fide service. Will use again.

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    Very reliable, very fast and good products

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    Great service from Alpha XR.

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    by , 10th Jan 2019
    Product very effective, and want to praise highly, the excellent medical advice/back up, provided by Alpha XR’s medical staff. I found this so helpful and supportive, as I can’t get a doctor’s appointment at my local surgery for at least a week.Thanks so much.

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    I didn't have any side effects and found my symptoms eased after the first tablet

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    The medication cleared my outbreak within 3 days.

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    It worked reasonably well but took some time

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    by , 29th Nov 2018
    Fit for purpose medication. Works as described.

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    Really fast delivery. Fast work from the doctor.

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    Quick and easy to use! Will use again..

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    Excellent service very pleased defiantly use again hassle free .

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    by , 26th Oct 2018
    This is a highly convenient and practical service created by Alpha XR whereby I don’t have to wait for an appointment with an NHS GP and instead have a specific prescription delivered either to me, or pick up at my local Post Office (so I don’t have to wait in for a delivery) or pick it up from a branch. The online questionnaire is straightforward and allows for safe prescribing of certain drugs by qualified doctors thus giving a distinct sense of professionalism and confidence in the medicines prescribed. This is a well-thought through and well-executed initiative that benefits both the customer/patient and indeed the NHS by relieving the burden of such GP appointments that can be handled effectively by other providers. Massive thumbs up 👍

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    by , 19th Sep 2018
    Excellent service which I came upon by sheer coincidence. If only I knew that I could order these tablets for cold sores earlier, I’ve been suffering for years! Great service - you need to publicise this more - I will definitely use again, thank-you.

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    by , 11th Sep 2018
    Excellent to be able to get a prescription med through an online purchase, ready just a couple of hours later.

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    Great service, fast and efficient.

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    Ordered some tablet and had them in few day I was kept up to date with the delivery and also tracked it veary good

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    Great product, did it's job. Very good, speedy servive

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    by , 4th Jun 2018
    The surgery was not open and I could not get an appointment. I was so pleased to be able to order drugs on line and pick them up the next day. Great relief mentally and physically too.

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    by , 26th May 2018
    So easy to use, couple of tick box questions and I got my medication next day. Thank u

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    by , 3rd May 2018
    Super service. Product arrived when it was meant to. Product worked very fast on medical issue. Will definitely use service again,

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    by , 30th Apr 2018
    Very impressed with speed of delivery and also speed of Dr’s decision. Would definitely use again.

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    by , 29th Apr 2018
    Only half the order was delivered on time. I had to return three days later for the rest. My nearest chemist is 6 miles away. It’s not convenient to return and at extra cost. I needed the whole order as I was going away.

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    by , 10th Apr 2018
    Worth every penny! My GP couldn’t see me and this is needed quickly so to be able to order it and get it so fast is great thank Alpha XR !

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    by , 6th Apr 2018
    Easy to use system and saves me time having to go to the doctors and embarrassment of having to talk to someone face to face. I dropped one star off due to not getting the product the next day as I had originally paid for however I did get my delivery fee refunded. Great service, definitely recommend.

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    by , 1st Apr 2018
    Easy to use efficient service

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    by , 28th Mar 2018
    These work instantly and relieve the pain and tingling. Combined with the cream they can prevent the herpes developing into a nasty painful cluster.

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    by , 24th Mar 2018
    Seems to be a good product. I am sure the quality is second to none and you know you are getting authentic product if you by from a company such as Alpha XR.

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    by , 22nd Mar 2018
    Everything I needed quickly and easily.

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    by , 6th Mar 2018
    Absolutely brilliant. So much pain before this product. Definitely recommend it.

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    by , 4th Mar 2018
    Great service medicine at pharmacy on time time saves going to GP asking for the same medicine downsize price but otherwise five stars !

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    by , 28th Feb 2018
    Great service, I had basically begged my doctors for prescription, I’ve suffered from shingles virus for years,these Tablets keep the virus at bay once an outbreak, doctor says nonsense let it run its course,would not prescribe. Alpha XR allowed, I got the tablets and within 24 hours symptoms reduced.i would use again, delivered promptly.

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    by , 25th Feb 2018
    I was very happy when I heard about Alpha XR doctor appointment online. It went super well and got the meds fast.

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    by , 23rd Feb 2018
    Quick and easy to use, really good when you can't get a go appointment or don't have the time. Would definitely use again. Only downfall is it was a little pricey, had I gone the clinic my medication would of been free

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    by , 22nd Feb 2018
    Fast and convenient service

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    by , 20th Feb 2018
    Very good service, just a shame weekend post isn’t covered to get medicine to you next day.

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    by , 19th Feb 2018
    It worked so genuine product.

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    by , 13th Feb 2018
    Great straight forward service. The whole process was so simple and I got exactly what I needed.

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    by , 11th Feb 2018
    Efficient and fast service

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    by , 10th Feb 2018
    Simple and easy to use. Very quick with doctor and thorough communication skills

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    by , 4th Feb 2018
    Excellent much better than waiting for usual shop bought treatment to work

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    by , 27th Jan 2018
    Easy transaction. I collected my order without any delays or problems. I would definitely recommend.

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    by , 26th Jan 2018
    Excellent sevice with me within 2 hrs of order

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    by , 22nd Jan 2018
    Very efficient! I got a subscription when I needed it.

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    by , 22nd Jan 2018
    Very happy with product just as described did what it said

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    by , 16th Jan 2018
    Excellent service and quick delivery

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    by , 14th Jan 2018
    the whole experience was fast and I got my medication on the same day. The medication work and I'm very happy. Only downside is the amount of emails.

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    by , 7th Jan 2018
    Great service, would definitely use again.

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    by , 28th Dec 2017
    I managed to purchase Aciclovir online without having to visit my Doctor, it was a very efficient service,

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    by , 26th Dec 2017
    Great, stopped my cold sore in its tracks. Arrived quickly.

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    by , 20th Dec 2017
    The service was very easy to use and confidential items arrived on time and have already starting working very happy with the online doctor service.

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    by , 19th Dec 2017
    Quick and easy to obtain essential medication without seeing a DR.

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    by , 19th Dec 2017
    Great quick and efficient service,thank you so much!

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    by , 18th Dec 2017
    I live in a small town and have great difficulty finding the time to travel the 30 mins each way to get to the chemist to pick up a prescription. This way is very easy and quick!

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    by , 16th Dec 2017
    Considering it was the product i needed anyway, it was good

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    by , 9th Dec 2017
    Very happy, efficient and easy yo use

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    by , 8th Dec 2017
    Saved me from waiting for appointments and allow it to spread! Very happy!

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    by , 3rd Dec 2017
    Fast efficient service Would recommend to everyone

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    by , 1st Dec 2017
    Very useful treatment for me and the delivery is quite fast

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    by , 25th Nov 2017
    Fast and reliable. Such a smooth service and saved me hours going to a walk in clinic xx

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    by , 16th Nov 2017
    Quick process allowing prompt start to treatment

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    by , 15th Nov 2017
    For people that suffer from cold sores this medication is a must

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    Fast and efficient service

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    Worked really well n fast

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    by , 13th Nov 2017
    Did as was required with no side effects

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    by , 13th Nov 2017
    Very quick service. Was easy to order and faster than waiting for a doctors appointment.

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    by , 7th Nov 2017
    Was quick service. Picked up next day. From westbrom. i have used one week now and has control my outbreak good. Makes me more confident having them at hand. .

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    by , 3rd Nov 2017
    The product has worked well for me in fighting off cold sores.

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