Valtrex is an antiviral medication mainly prescribed for limiting the spread of the herpes virus in the body. It is not a cure for herpes. It will merely reduce the symptoms of the condition.
How does it work
Valtrex interferes with the reproduction mechanism of the virus. This prevents it from spreading in the body.
Taking Valtrex & the right dosage
Valtrex may be taken with or without a meal.
The extended release pill should not be crushed or chewed. It must be swallowed whole.
Treatment must be started as soon as the first symptoms of herpes start to appear. For example, tingling, burning, blisters etc.
Store Valtrex in a cool and dark place at room temperature. Do not store it in a place where it can get exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Keep it away from children and pets.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Before using Valtrex, you should consult a physician and discuss about your medical history.
Valtrex may not be suitable for you if:
You have HIV/AIDS
You have a weak immune system
You have kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis)
You have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant
Valtrex does not prevent the spread of the virus. Herpes is contagious and you may infect the people you come into contact with even if you are using Valtrex.
Valtrex may interact with some medications. So if you are using any prescription, non prescription, OTC medicines or dietary supplements, then inform your physician in advance before you use Valtrex.
Valtrex is not known to be harmful to an unborn baby. But inform your doctor if you plan to become pregnant or are pregnant and are infected with the herpes virus. You should ensure that you do not have any genital lesions.
Valtrex may be passed on to the baby if you are breast feeding. Please speak to your doctor about the potential risks of breast feeding while using Valtrex.
The most common side effects of Valtrex are:
Nausea, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, depression, joint pain, menstrual pain, mild skin rash, or stuffy nose, sore throat.
These side effects usually subside by themselves in sometime as the body gets used to Valtrex.
Some uncommon but potentially dangerous side effects are:
Diarrhea that is watery or bloody, fever, swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough, trouble breathing, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling, pale or yellowed skin, yellowing of the eyes, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin, or severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
You should see a doctor immediately if one of these side effects occur.