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How To Take Valacyclovir

How To Take Valacyclovir

About valacyclovir

Valacyclovir is used to treat herpes virus infections, including herpes labialis (also known as cold sores), herpes zoster (also known as shingles), and herpes simplex (also known as genital herpes) in adults. It is also used to treat chickenpox and cold sores in children.

In your body, valacyclovir becomes the anti-herpes medicine, acyclovir. Although valacyclovir will not cure shingles or genital herpes, it does help relieve the pain and discomfort and helps the sores heal faster.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Valacyclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles) and genital herpes. It does not cure herpes infections but decreases pain and itching, helps sores to heal, and prevents new ones from forming.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Valacyclovir comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 8 hours (three times a day) for 7 days to treat shingles. To treat genital herpes it is usually taken twice a day for 5 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take valacyclovir exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Use this medication as soon as possible after symptoms appear.

Continue to take valacyclovir even if you feel well. Do not stop taking valacyclovir without talking to your doctor.

Side Effect

Major and Minor Valacyclovir Side Effect

  • headache
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea or loose stools
  • constipation
  • rash
  • itching
  • confusion
  • yellowness of the skin or eyes
  • fever
  • blood in the urine

Treating cold sores with Valtrex

Cold sores typically start to heal on their own within about four to six days. Although, the first cold sore you get will likely last longer.

Most people don’t require treatment for their cold sores, but, in some cases, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication such as Valtrex. This may be because you get cold sores often or if you’re at high risk of serious complications, such as from a weakened immune system.

To treat a cold sore, you take Valtrex on the day you notice a cold sore forming. Valtrex works by preventing theherpes virus from growing and spreading.

Your doctor may also prescribe Valtrex to help prevent future cold sores, which is an off-label use. In that case, you and your doctor would work together to create the best treatment plan for you.

Valtrex Warnings

The side effects of Valtrex may be more severe in older adults, especially kidney problems and mental/mood changes (such as confusion and agitation).

Valtrex does not prevent the spread of herpes, so take precautions to protect a sex partner. Don't have sexual contact during an outbreak or if you have symptoms.

Be aware herpes can be passed on even when you are symptom-free, so always use effective barrier methods like condoms and dental dams.

Cold sores are also spread easily, so avoid kissing or other close contact with people until your sores have completely healed.

Even touching a cold sore with your finger, then touching someone else, can pass the virus, so wash hands frequently when you have an outbreak.

Tell your doctor if you've been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, or if you have a weak immune system.

Valtrex can be harmful to the kidneys. The risk increases when you take it with other medications that can harm the kidneys.

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