Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)
What is Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) used for?
Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) is an oral antiviral medication used to treat patients suffering from herpes zoster (also known as shingles) or to treat other infections caused by the herpes virus such as chickenpox, cold sores, or genital herpes. It operates by slowing or stopping the reproduction of the virus cells allowing the immune system to control the infection naturally. It should be noted that this treatment is only meant to control the symptoms of this infection and will not completely cure your condition.
How should I use Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)?
Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) is typically administered three times each day at a dosage of one tablet for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks, but your particular instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken on an empty stomach. Begin taking the medication at the first sign of symptoms to get the best results. Never stop taking the doses before being instructed by your physician as the infection may return stronger and more resistant to treatment. Do not change the form of the medications by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL)?
Side effects that may occur in some patients using Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) include:
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any severe side effects such as tremors, vision problems, unusual swelling, severe drowsiness, back pain, seizures, bloody diarrhea, jaundice, or red spots appearing on the skin. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or immediate medical attention in serious cases.
Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL) should not be used to treat patients who are allergic to aciclovir or valaciclovir. You are also suggested to inform your physician if you have an underactive immune system, liver disease, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Valcivir (Valacyclovir HCL). 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.