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Can You Drink Alcohol On Valacyclovir

Can You Drink Alcohol On Valacyclovir

What is Valacyclovir?

Valacyclovir is an antiviral medication that’s designed to treat HSV (herpes simplex virus) and VZV (varicella-zoster virus, more commonly known as chickenpox) infections.

The drug works by slowing down the growth of herpes, making it easier for the body to control the infection. Valacyclovir itself is a prodrug (meaning it converts into another substance in the body), that converts into acyclovir after it passes through the liver.

Compared to acyclovir, which is also used as an antiviral herpes medication, valacyclovir has a far higher level of bioavailability, meaning more of the drug will make it into your body than other herpes drugs that are broken down by the liver.

How Valacyclovir (Valtrex) Works

Valacyclovir works through a complex chemical process that interferes with the mechanism the herpes virus uses to reproduce, preventing it from multiplying and reducing the rate at which the infection spreads.

In short, valacyclovir stops the herpes virus from spreading to healthy cells, reducing the effects of the virus.

It’s important to know that valacyclovir doesn’t cure herpes. However, it does make the effects of herpes less severe, meaning the sores developed from the virus heal faster and the aches, cold symptoms and other signs of herpes can become less severe.

Pregnancy and Valtrex

Valtrex is not expected to harm an unborn child but discuss a pregnancy with your doctor.

Herpes can be passed from an infected mother to a baby if the mother has a genital lesion during childbirth.

Valtrex will pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing infant.

Do not take this drug without talking to your doctor if you plan to breastfeed.

Serious Side Effects of Valtrex

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.

  • Mental/mood changes (like agitation, confusion, or hallucinations)
  • Trouble speaking
  • Shaky or unsteady movements
  • Changes in the amount of urine


Store Valtrex between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Valtrex out of the reach of children and away from pets.

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