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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: L-lysine, Lysine Monohydrochloride

Generic Name: Lysine

Drug Class: Antimicrobials, Herbals; Metabolic and Endocrine, Herbals

What Is Lysine and How Does It Work?

Lysine is an herbal supplement used for athletic performance enhancement, or treatment for cold sores (herpes simplex libialis) and elevated pH (metabolic alkalosis).

Lysine is possibly effective for cold sores (herpes simplex labialis) treatment.

Lysine is available under the following different brand names: L-lysine and Lysine Monohydrochloride.

Dosages of Lysine:

  • Oral
  • Topical

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Herpes Simplex Labialis

  • 1,000 mg orally daily for 12 months and
  • 1,000 mg orally three times daily 6 months

Topical: (Super Lysine Plus) applied every 2 hours for 11 days

Metabolic Alkalosis (elevated pH levels)

  • 10 grams orally once daily, divided doses for up to 5 days
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/15/2017

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