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Ic Valacyclovir Hcl

ic valacyclovir hcl

What is valacyclovir hydrochloride?

Valacyclovir hydrochloride is an antiviral prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the following treatment and prevention uses for certain types of herpes simplex virus (HSV):

  • To treat initial or recurrent episodes of genital herpes in healthy adults
  • To prevent genital herpes outbreaks in adults infected with HIV
  • To reduce the risk of transmitting genital herpes to other people
  • To treat cold sores (also known as herpes labialis or orolabial herpes) in adults and children

Valacyclovir hydrochloride is also approved for the following treatment uses for varicella zoster virus (VZV) infections:

  • To treat shingles (also known as herpes zoster) in adults
  • To treat chicken pox (also known as primary varicella infection) in children

What should I tell my health care provider before taking valacyclovir hydrochloride?

  • Before taking valacyclovir hydrochloride, tell your health care provider:
  • If you are allergic to valacyclovir hydrochloride or any other medicines.
  • About any medical conditions you have or have had, for example, diabetes or liver problems.
  • About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty swallowing or remembering to take pills.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Whether valacyclovir hydrochloride can harm an unborn baby is unknown. Talk to your health care provider about possible risks with taking valacyclovir hydrochloride when pregnant.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you are infected with HIV.
  • About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Valacyclovir hydrochloride may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how valacyclovir hydrochloride works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between valacyclovir hydrochloride and the other medicines you take.

Side Effect

Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • flu-like symptoms
  • gas
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • skin rash
  • trouble sleeping
  • weakness

How should I take valacyclovir hydrochloride?

Take valacyclovir hydrochloride according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much valacyclovir hydrochloride to take and when to take it. Before you start valacyclovir hydrochloride and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.    

How should valacyclovir hydrochloride be stored?

Store valacyclovir hydrochloride caplets at room temperature, 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C).

Store valacyclovir hydrochloride suspension between 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C) in a refrigerator. Discard after 28 days.

Keep valacyclovir hydrochloride in a tightly closed container.

Do not use valacyclovir hydrochloride if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.

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