What is Valtrex (Valacyclovir) used for?
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Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is an oral antiviral medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from shingles. The medication operates by destroying or preventing the reproduction of virus cells allowing the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. This action may also make it useful for treating herpes affecting the eye, skin, or genitals. Note that this treatment may only prevent further outbreaks and will not destroy the infection itself. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?
Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is normally taken once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular regimen will be determined by your physician after observing your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water to aid absorption. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician if you have any questions about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?
Valtrex (Valacyclovir) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Tell your physician if any symptoms worry you or if more serious side effects occur such as lower back pain, unusual swelling, seizures, trouble speaking, confusion, faintness, reduced urination, bloody diarrhea, or jaundice. These conditions may require medical attention or adjustments to your dosage to prevent more problems from appearing.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Valtrex (Valacyclovir). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.