Medavir is an OTC product marketing themselves as an herpes supplement and thus is complying with the FDA requirements. If you want to take it for oral herpes go ahead. If you want to take it for genital herpes be aware, they are no longer claiming to treat this disease. It contains the same substances as before, when they used to claim they treated genital herpes, but they are no longer allowed to make that claim. If you take it for genital herpes it will not harm you but may not help you either. I know that after reading all the testimonials on the net you may be inclined to give it a try, because this disease makes you desperate and if there is the slightest chance that it works you would take it, I would probably do the same thing. But it does not hurt to ask your doctor or research more about it, just like you did when you reached this site. 🙂
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Because it is being sold as an OTC or supplement it does not have to comply with the laws for FDA approved drugs. However FDA gave them a warning letter on April 28, 2011 informing them that their claims regarding the efficiency of their product and the disease they claim are curing, make their product a drug (because it is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or to affect the structure or function of the body of man). And because FDA considers their product a drug it must not be introduced into interstate commerce unless an FDA-approved new drug application (NDA) is in effect for it.
In other words the main issue FDA had with the company that produced Medavir was “their marketing materials”; basically they were not allowed to use words like “genital herpes treatment” because only approved drugs can cure “genital herpes”. Oral herpes was an ok word because oral herpes can be self treated at home with OTC products, but not genital herpes. FDA did not have an issue with the substances contained in the Medavir products or with the products themselves, they were safe for the public, taking the pills or applying the oils were Ok in their eyes, as long as the company did not claim to cure genital herpes.
As far as can be seen the company complied, if you take a look at their website’s product page now, you will notice phrases like:
– Only Herpes Simplex Labialis can be self diagnosed/treated in USA
– note only HSV1 can be self treated, please refer any questions about Genital Herpes to your doctor
– Daily Herpes Supplement (Herpes Supplement is an ok word, cure for herpes or herpes treatment were not ok)
– and nowhere on the site will you see anything being mentioned about the genital herpes.
Did changing their claims affect their sales? I do not know. Of course while researching for Medavir you may have come across tens of blogs promoting the product as a cure for genital herpes; some claim that these independent sites belong to the company producing Medavir. Even if they do not belong to TAG (the company selling Medavir) the owners of those sites receive a commission from TAG for selling their product, so they do have a personal interest in portraying Medavir as the “best non prescription herpes treatment”.
Let’s check now the ingredients in the Medavir products, ingredients that FDA has nothing against:
– Red Marine Algae, L Lysine, Zinc, CoEnzyme Q10, Hypericum perforatum (St Jons Wort), Echiacea, Hyssop, Melissa officinalis, Lemon Balm, Calendula officinalis, Pelargonium graveolens, Cymbopogon citratus, Melaleuca alternifolia, Lavandula, geraniols, Hypericum, Propolis Monolaurin
These ingredients are supplements, oils that are already on the market in other forms and combinations of natural, organic or homeopathic products. You may have already read about some of them and their effects directly on the virus or on the sores. If not type “natural remedies for herpes” in google and you will come across them. Most of them are FDA approved, or can be found out in other brands on the market that FDA previously approved. Like all natural remedies, these substances can be very efficient for some people and have limited effects for others. You’ll have to try and see the remedies that work best for you. Read reviews about all treatments for herpes existing on the market here.