Valtrex (valacyclovir) is an antiviral prescription medication which is used to treat patients who are suffering from outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus, cold sores and shingles. This drug has been clinically proven to reduce the duration and the severity of outbreaks as well as limiting the occurrence of future outbreaks.
While there is no cure for genital herpes there are effective forms of treatment that can help prevent future outbreaks. Currently all of the herpes treatment medications work as an antiviral and actually fight the virus itself, slowing it down and preventing it from spreading in the body.
Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The herpes virus that causes shingles and chickenpox is not the same type of herpes that causes genital herpes. Most commonly it is accompanied by the following symptoms:
Only take this prescription drug exactly as directed to by a physician. Most often it will be prescribed to be taken 1-2 times per day with a full glass of water. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you can. This medication works best when taken on a full stomach.
This drug is an antiviral. It attacks the herpes simplex virus in the body and slows it down. When the virus is slowed down, the body has time to naturally react and to defend itself. The end result is a lessening in the duration and the severity of the symptoms, as well as a reduction in the occurrence of future outbreaks.
Like all prescription drugs, there are some potential side effects which can occur when you are taking Valtrex. They include the following:
It is very important that you tell your doctor about ALL of the drugs that you are currently taking in order to avoid any interactions. Some people may not be able to take Valtrex including: people that are taking drugs containing Probenecid (Benemid) and cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB); women who are currently pregnant or nursing; and those who suffer from kidney disease or immune deficiencies. Only your doctor will be able to tell you if Valtrex is right for you.