What is Valacyclovir used for?
Valacyclovir is an antiviral drug used to treat cold sores, chicken pox, genital herpes and shingles. It is used to make outbreaks of genital herpes less frequent.
While Valacyclovir stops the growth of certain viruses, it is not a permanent cure. The virus may still be in the body between outbreaks. This medication is used to make sores heal faster, decrease pain and itching, as prevent sores from occurring.
Frequently Asked Questions About Valacyclovir
Before using Valacyclovir for the first time, and after you get a refill, carefully read the drug information leaflet included in the package. Your doctor can also provide instructions and medical advice if they have not already.
This can be taken with or without food. You should drink lots of water to minimize side effects. Your dose and application may change depending on your condition and response to treatment. It works best if you have a consistent dose in your system.
To treat herpes infections, it is often taken twice a day; once every 12 hours It is best to take it regularly around the same time every day. Do not stop taking Valacyclovir once you notice improvement.
If you stop taking Valacyclovir without first getting approval from your doctor, outbreaks can reoccur. If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your schedule.
The following drugs are known to interact with Valacyclovir. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- Valproic Acid
Valacyclovir Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Valacyclovir, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Valacyclovir to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
- muscle pain or stiffness
- feeling that others are watching you or controlling your behavior
- muscle aches
- shortness of breath
- back, leg, or stomach pains
- severe mood or mental changes
- flu-like symptoms
- upper right abdominal pain
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- Body aches or pain
- feeling sad or empty
- shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
- general tiredness and weakness
- sore throat
- increased thirst
- blurred vision
- stiff neck
- nausea and vomiting
- dark or bloody urine
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- pain in joints
- decreased frequency or output of urine
- swollen or painful glands
- slurred speech
- Actions that are out of control
- chest pain
- trouble sleeping
- severe sunburn
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- yellow eyes or skin
- pale color of skin
- stuffy or runny nose
- difficulty swallowing
- hair loss or thinning of the hair
- nasal congestion
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.