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Where Do You Buy Your L-Lysine?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

I know a lot of folks here use L-lysine for their cats, and I could do a search and wade through the results, but thought it might just be easier to ask.  My vet never seems to have L-Lysine  in stock when I ask for it, and apparently not enough people use it around here for him to order a supply of it.  I've done an internet search at both Petco and Petsmart, and found only the treats at Petco.  I'd really prefer the powder or capsule form.   Any advice on a good, reasonably priced source?

Thanks!

post #2 of 22
Hi Libby hugs.gif!!! Here is where most of us buy L-Lysine online. It is by NOW and very reasonable. You can also buy it through Amazon too.

http://search.betterhealthinternational.com/search/Brand-NOW_Foods--keywords-l-lysine
post #3 of 22

We get our Lysine on Amazon.  This is the kind we purchased last time.  It dissolves easier than the NOW brand. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Source-Naturals-L-Lysine-1000mg-Tablets/dp/B001G7R554/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323740648&sr=8-1

post #4 of 22
Libby, I buy the NOW L-lysine powder. Our cats are really picky, and they eat it - I just sprinkle it on top of their food. It usually isn't completely dissolved, but they don't seem to care. dontknow.gif I prefer the powder over a tablet because there's no fillers, just L-Lysine.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

I've managed to get the powder at my vet's once (Virayls, I believe it was) and the cats had no problem with it being sprinkled on their food.  I'll check the links so graciously provided and see what I can come up with.

Thanks, ladies!

post #6 of 22
So Welcome biggrin.gifhugs.gifhugs.gif It is a great "must have" product to have on hand wavey.gif
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

One more question.  I've checked the links provided, and the costs are very reasonable.  Now, how do you figure out how much to use?  The little jar of powder I got from the vet had a cute little scoop and told me how many scoops to use.  These products appear to be in different concentrations, so how do I know if I'm using enough or too much?  Am I over-thinking this? laughing02.gif

post #8 of 22
Easy. 250mg is a daily maintenance dose. That would be 1/4 of a 1000mg tablet, or 1/8 of a teaspoon of the powder. During a flare-up, you bump it up to 500mg daily (1/4 teaspoon of powder is 500mg. I give it 1/8 teaspoon in the morning and 1/8 teaspoon in the evening).

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post #9 of 22
yeah.gifclap.gifclap.gif I give 1/8 tsp. am/pm too. Right now I am bumping this up, because I seem to have a virus running through this house frown.gif........ Just never ends. Must have been brought home when I took the three P's in for their vaccine 10 days ago. OR Wendall gave it to them as he was sick about three week's ago... sigh.gif
post #10 of 22

1/4 teaspoon powder = 500mg.  I'm giving Hannah 1/2 t a day because we've had such wacky weather and it's making her eyes water more than I like.

post #11 of 22
Another Source Naturals user:

http://www.amazon.com/Source-Naturals-L-Lysine-Powder-100g/dp/B001GCTV5G/ref=sr_1_19?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1323830786&sr=1-19

Tolly took 500 mg every other day as maintenance, 500 mg a day if he showed signs of a herpes flare up (which was very rare after the first few years on l-lysine)
post #12 of 22

I get Lysine capsules or pills from the health food store. I dump the capsule out and mix the powder with their food, the pills I cut into 1/4 pieces.

My vet said to use 500 mg twice a day (1000 a day) for flare-ups and 250 mg twice a day (500 per day) for maintenence dose.

post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

Great!  Thanks loads, everyone!

Unfortunately, our health food store closed it's doors last year; I know they would carry L-lysine in some form or another, but it is what it is. 

Thanks again for the input and advice! wavey.gif

post #14 of 22

You can get L-Lysine tablets at Wal-Mart or any pharmacy. Not even expensive.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

You can get L-Lysine tablets at Wal-Mart or any pharmacy. Not even expensive.

The problem with tablets is they are full of other things too, binders and such, plus they may have some bitter taste. The powder is not expensive and it lasts a long time, and is pure, l-lysine and nothing else. smile.gif
post #16 of 22

Probably true, but the question was where to get it all, not necessarily where to get the absolute best form of it.  I would rather see someone use the easily-available tablets than not use any, if the cat needs it.

 

Does anyone use the Viralys liquid/paste, available at the vet?  Probably a pretty expensive way to buy it, but the cats seem to like it pretty well.


Edited by mrblanche - 12/14/11 at 4:22pm
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post


Does anyone use the Viralys liquid/paste, available at the vet?  Probably a pretty expensive way to buy it, but the cats seem to like it pretty well.

Yes, Libby mentioned in an earlier post she got some from the vet - the Viralys. I also have heard it is a bit more expensive, but the cat's like it. The NOW L-Lysine is SO cheap to buy through Amazon or on-line. AND it is a very pure form and last a long time. Just ordered my next bottle. I am using it daily now - I seem to be having a viral problem running through my house frown.gif.......

Libby - if you don't mind, how much was the Viralys?
post #18 of 22

I, too, get the NOW powder from Amazon, specifically because it is pure. I just keep a 1/8 teaspoon in the jar and use that to measure out the dosage every day.

 

AC

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post

Does anyone use the Viralys liquid/paste, available at the vet?  Probably a pretty expensive way to buy it, but the cats seem to like it pretty well.

 

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Originally Posted by Feralvr View Post


Yes, Libby mentioned in an earlier post she got some from the vet - the Viralys. I also have heard it is a bit more expensive, but the cat's like it. The NOW L-Lysine is SO cheap to buy through Amazon or on-line. AND it is a very pure form and last a long time. Just ordered my next bottle. I am using it daily now - I seem to be having a viral problem running through my house frown.gif.......
Libby - if you don't mind, how much was the Viralys?


When I had the litter of kittens with calici the vet had me use the gel Viralys with them. I had never heard of L-lysine before that. I bought 5oz (142 g) for $14. Every 1.25 ml (1/4 teaspoon) has 250 mg of L-lysine in it. So the powder from the link you gave is roughly 3x as much for $3 less. As far as cats liking it better, every single one of them will not just take it by itself, they all turn their noses up to it. It has to be squirted into their mouths and they will take it that way, or you can hide it in wet food which is easiest.

 

post #20 of 22

I get mine from Amazon

post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Libby - if you don't mind, how much was the Viralys?



Lauren, it's been awhile, but I'm thinking the 3.5 oz. (100g) was right around $15-$17.  I would still get it from my vet if he stocked it regularly; that's the one area in which they're just a little lax-----re-ordering out of stocks. My cats have no problem with the powder sprinkled on their wet food, so I'll keep buying the powder form.  I can't IMAGINE trying to get a gel into a couple of them. jaw-dropping.gif

 

post #22 of 22

Hi all,

 

I get all my nutritional items, hair and skin care products, and some food items at I-herb.com.  The Now Foods brand in the 1 pound bottle of powdered L-Lysine is $14.01 per bottle and there is a multiple bottle discount!  They also carry Source Naturals.  The site shows all nutritional information and customers' reviews for all of their products.

 

Take a look at the site to see if they carry your brand and if it is better priced, and if you place an order enter in the code LAD106 for a $5 discount on your first order!  That makes the L-Lysine $9 bucks!!!

 

They are so much cheaper then anywhere I have found with some great benefits too, such as free shipping on orders, buy more save more, shipping to other countries, and free samples of your choice with every order.  They are very good at packaging for shipment and send things, like my nieces probiotics, in cold packs to keep them at their best. 

 

I hope this saves everyone a little money!

 

Happy holidays,

 

Buddy and Janice


Edited by Caramelblond - 12/20/11 at 11:14pm
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