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Does Valacyclovir Expire

does valacyclovir expire

What Valaciclovir is and what it is used for

Valaciclovir belongs to a group of medicines called antivirals. It works by killing or stopping the growth of viruses called herpes simplex (HSV), varicella zoster (VZV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Valaciclovir can be used to:

  • treat shingles (in adults)
  • treat HSV infections of the skin and genital herpes (in adults and adolescents over 12 years old). It is also used to help prevent these infections from returning.
  • treat cold sores (in adults and adolescents over 12 years old)
  • prevent infection with CMV after organ transplants (in adults and adolescents over 12 years of old)
  • infections in the eye

DO NOT take Valaciclovir

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to valaciclovir or aciclovir or any of the other ingredients (listed in section 6).
  • Don’t take Valaciclovir if this applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Valaciclovir.

Take special care with Valaciclovir

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Valaciclovir if:

  • you have kidney problems
  • you have liver problems
  • you are over 65 years of age
  • your immune system is weak

Valaciclovir: Possible side effects

  • feeling sick
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • skin reaction after exposure to sunlight (photosensitivity).
  • Rash

How to store Valaciclovir

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use Valaciclovir after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

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