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Side Effects Of Valacyclovir

Side Effects Of Valacyclovir

What Is Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?

Valtrex is the brand name for valacyclovir, an antiviral drug used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In adults, it's prescribed for shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores around the mouth, and to help lessen the effects of genital herpes. In children, it's used to treat cold sores (in kids over 12) and chicken pox (in children over age 2).

Valtrex is not a cure for herpes, but it can help reduce your symptoms by slowing the growth and spread of the virus. This gives the body's immune system a better chance to fight off the infection and reduce the number of outbreaks.

Side Effect

Common Side Effects of Valtrex

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Mental/mood changes (like agitation, confusion, or hallucinations)
  • Trouble speaking
  • Shaky or unsteady movements
  • Changes in the amount of urine

Valtrex Dosage

Valtrex is available in oral tablet form, in 500 mg and 1gram.

This medication works best if you take it at the very first sign on an outbreak. Delaying treatment can lessen the effectiveness of Valtrex.

For shingles or chickenpox, take the drug as soon as a rash appears. For cold sores or genital herpes, take the medication at the first sign of an outbreak or when you feel burning, tingling, or itching.

Valtrex works best when the mediation is at constant levels in your system, so take it at evenly spaced intervals as prescribed by your doctor.

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.

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.

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