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Valacyclovir 1Gm Tablets

Valacyclovir 1Gm Tablets

Descriptions

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.

Uses

Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex) and chickenpox (caused by varicella zoster). In adults, it is used to treat shingles (caused by herpes zoster) and cold sores around the mouth.Valacyclovir is also used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes. In people with frequent outbreaks, this medication is used to reduce the number of future episodes.

Side Effect

Common side effects of valacyclovir in adults include:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • rash
  • painful periods in women
  • joint pain
  • depression
  • low blood cell counts

How should I take valacyclovir (Valtrex)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Start taking valacyclovir as soon as possible after the first appearance of symptoms (such as tingling, burning, blisters). This medicine might not be as effective if you first start taking it 1 or 2 days after the start of your symptoms.

Some herpes infections need to be treated for longer than others. Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may increase the risk of your virus becoming resistant to antiviral medicine.

What happens if I miss a dose (Valtrex)?

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 (Valtrex)?

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

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.

Valacyclovir Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of valacyclovir there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving valacyclovir.

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