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Valacyclovir 1 Gram

Valacyclovir 1 Gram

What is valacyclovir?

Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection.Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults.Valacyclovir is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, or chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old.Valacyclovir will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. However, this medicine can lessen the symptoms of an infection.

Proper Use

Valacyclovir works best if it is used within 48 hours after the first symptoms of shingles or genital herpes (e.g., pain, burning, or blisters) begin to appear. For recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes, valacyclovir works best if it is used within 24 hours after the symptoms begin to appear.If you are taking valacyclovir for the treatment of chickenpox, it is best to start taking valacyclovir as soon as possible after the first sign of the chickenpox rash appears, usually within one day.Valacyclovir may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach.

Side Effect

Common side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cold symptoms
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Reduction of white blood cells
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Dizziness

Valacyclovir Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Valacyclovir may affect other medicines, and other medicines may affect valacyclovir. However, at this time no clinically significant drug-drug or drug-food interactions with valacyclovir are known. It is a good idea to keep a complete list of all the medicines you take. Show this list to your healthcare provider and pharmacist any time you get a new medicine.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Which drugs or supplements interact with Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Probenecid (Benemid) and cimetidine (Tagamet) may reduce the kidney's clearance of Valtrex, leading to higher concentrations in the blood. This may lead to side effects of Valtrex.

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