Valacyclovir, Generic Valtrex

Valacyclovir is the generic medication for Valtrex and belongs to a group of antiviral medications that treat herpes virus infections in adults including genital herpes (herpes simplex), cold sores (herpes labialis), and shingles (herpes zoster). In children it is used to treat chickenpox and cold sores. Valacyclovir does not cure herpes infections, but it can treat some of the symptoms such as herpes sores and blisters. This medication requires a prescription and is not sold over the counter.

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When taking this medication some people might feel relief from their symptoms after a couple of days, while for others it can take up to 10 days for Valacyclovir to work. The timeline for symptoms to go away depends on your metabolism, age, and how severe your symptoms are.

The generic versions of the medication and the brand are the same chemically, both just as effective for treating herpes virus infections, and work in the same way.

Valacyclovir for cold sores

Valacyclovir should be taken right away when the sign of a cold sore appears such as itching, burning, or tingling in order to prevent them from becoming worse and to prevent other cold sores from appearing. While this is not a cure for cold sores, it will treat them as a symptom.

Valacyclovir for general herpes

Genital herpes is a common STD (sexually transmitted disease that a person who is sexually active can get from skin to skin contact. The majority of people with the virus have very mild or no symptoms.

This medication does not cure herpes infections but helps heal the symptoms by decreasing pain, itching and healing sores.

It's still possible to have an outbreak even if you are taking Valacyclovir. If this happens it is important to avoid sexual contact in order to reduce the risk of the virus from spreading. To help prevent possible transmission it's always recommended to use a condom. This medication cannot be used as preventative medication to avoid becoming infected. If a person does not have the herpes virus, they should not take it, as it can cause health problems and other side effects.

Possible side effects and risk factors can include:

Lack of appetite, headache, vomiting, constipation, tiredness, trouble concentrating, trouble sleeping, feeling sad, irritable, loss of interest, discouragement.

Allergic reactions can include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, throat, or face. Check with your doctor immediately and seek medical advice about side effects should they occur.

How do I know if Valacyclovir is for me?

Valacyclovir is used to treat people of all ages suffering from cold sores and genital herpes and children with chickenpox. This medication has been studied and has proven to be effective and safe.

Valacyclovir is for anyone, but is generally recommended for:

  • Adult men or women with infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles herpes zoster.
  • Children who are at least 12 years old with cold sores
  • Children with Chickenpox who are at least 2 years old.

How does it work?

Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug and part of a group of medications that treat similar conditions. The herpes virus spreads in a person’s body by multiplying its cells and valacyclovir prevents the virus from doing this. Even after treatment the virus can still live in your body and can occur again at a later date at which point you can take this medication again to prevent re-infection.

How long does it take to work?

The timeline for it to work depends on several factors including how severe the outbreak was, and how soon you started taking the medication. For herpes outbreaks and recurring herpes, valacyclovir provides some relief from the signs and symptoms in just 2 or 3 days. The prescription given is usually for 7-10 days, however, if your doctor prescribes it for longer it's best to take it for the entire period even if you are feeling better.

For recurring outbreaks, the prescription could be given for a shorter period of time of 5 days. The sooner the treatment starts the shorter and less severe the symptoms will be.

You will be directed to a telehealth appointment where your personalized treatment plan will be made with a healthcare professional.

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How to use:

Valacyclovir comes in the form of a tablet and should be taken by mouth. It works best if it is taken within 48 hours after the first symptoms of the infections of genital herpes or shingles appear such as blisters, pain or burning. If the outbreak is recurring, it's best to use the medication within 24 hours after it appears.

If treating chickenpox with Valacyclovir, it is best to start the treatment within a day after the first sign of the chickenpox rash appears.

Valacyclovir may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach and drinking extra fluids is a good idea to keep your kidneys working well and help prevent any problems.

For best results and to help clear up the infection, take the full treatment prescribed to you, even if symptoms start to clear up after a few days. Do not use this medicine for a longer time than instructed to by your doctor.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double dose, and if its almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule.

How often should I use Valacyclovir:

This medication is taken once to twice daily and can be taken with or without food.

Are valtrex and valacyclovir the same?

Yes. Valacyclovir is the generic drug sold globally and Valtrex is the brand name. The two are the same exact medication

Who should not take valtrex or valacyclovir?

  • People with sensitivity or an allergy to: Acyclovir, Famciclovir, ganciclovir, penciclovir, valacyclovir, or valganciclovir.
  • Women who are pregnant
  • People over 65 who might be more likely to have impaired kidneys or those with kidney problems.
  • Children under the age of 2 years old.

Is valacyclovir (valtrex) used for shingles?

Yes. Valacyclovir is used to treat infections such as shingles, genital herpes, cold sores, and chickenpox all caused by herpes and varicella-zoster viruses

How long does it take for valtrex or valacyclovir to work on shingles?

Shingles is a disorder that affects men and women, and its symptoms can last 3 to 5 weeks. Valacyclovir does not cure shingles, but it will help the virus from multiplying in the body. If the medication is taken right away when symptoms appear there could be relief within 72 hours.

Does valacyclovir really work?

For initial and recurring herpes outbreaks valacyclovir takes effect very fast to relieve symptoms, the sooner you take it the better.

Can expired valtrex or valacyclovir make you sick? 

One should not take valtrex or valacyclovir that has expired. It will most likely not be harmful, however will be less effective and is not guaranteed to work past the expiration date.

Is valacyclovir cheaper than valtrex?

Yes, there is a large price difference between the two. Valacyclovir is a generic drug which is the exact copy of the brand name valtrex. It is less expensive and is just as safe and effective. Generic medications have the same active ingredients, and a person can receive the same benefit and effectiveness as the brand name versions. To find out how the cost of valtrex compares to valacyclovir, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Is valacyclovir available over the counter?

No, valacyclovir is not available over the counter in the United States. A prescription is required from a medical provider before being able to obtain the medication.

To get this medication, you will need to speak to your doctor and get a prescription.

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