Do you recommend antivirals to suppress EBV and HHV6?

Published: July 23, 2013

Hello Dr. T, I have been experiencing fatigue for the past six months and other symptoms for over six months. Recent blood work revealed EBV virus high as well as HHV6. My white blood cell count is 3.0. I have been following the shine protocol, but my fatigue continues daily and seems to be increasing and sleep is poor. Recently my GP prescribed Valtrex for nerve pain in my cervical spine and groin area. Is Valtrex safe and will it negatively affect my immune system? I really would like to find a cause to treat properly. Do you recommend at antivirals to suppress EBV and HHV6 and whatever is causing my nerve pain? Also, would Nexavir be safer and more effective antiviral? Do night sweats indicate an infection perhaps viral or bacterial? I really need to get some energy back. Thanks for the help!


It is reasonably safe, but not effective against CMV and HHV 6 viral infections, so I usually use the valcyte protocol in my book instead. But it gets complex and many other factors are involved, so in this setting it would be worthwhile setting up a consult (phone or in person) appt with me. You can call my office at 410-573-5389 or email Denise, my new patient coordinator.

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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