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To the Editor.—I tend toward intermittent herpes simplex of my right nare several times a year. On one occasion, in 1986, I had labyrinthitis without herpes simplex. I suspected a possible connection, so I took 1200 mg of acyclovir (two 200-mg capsules three times a day). The labyrinthitis diminished in 24 hours and cleared in 72 hours. Labyrinthitis without herpes simplex recurred in February 1988. I repeated the same dosage of acyclovir with identical improvement. As a dermatologist, we occasionally use a larger dose of acyclovir for the treatment of herpes simplex.
The only side effect was gastroenteritis, which subsided on termination of the medication.
SAVITT LE. Intermittent Herpes Simplex. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(2):248. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860260122032
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