Valtrex belongs to a class of medications known as antivirals.
Valtrex does not cure these diseases, but it may decrease pain and help sores heal faster.
Valtrex helps control symptoms, but does not cure the disease or prevent infection of sexual partners.
Valtrex is an antiviral drug.
Valtrex is prescribed in adults to treat cold sores and shingles (herpes zoster).
Valtrex is prescribed in children to treat cold sores (herpes labialis) and chickenpox (varicella zoster).
Valtrex is prescribed to prevent an outbreak (suppressive therapy).
Valtrex is prescribed to treat people with genital herpes who are currently having an outbreak.
Brand name for valacyclovir, Valtrex is a well know antiviral drug. Valtrex is a time-tested name in genital herpes treatment. Without promising to uproot the disease, it provides temporary relief. By hampering the growth of the virus in the body it delays the early breaking down of the immune system. Valtrex also cuts down the time frame of ailment by reducing the painful symptoms associated with the disease. Apart from herpes, it is also prescribed for treating shingles and cold sores. Valtrex takes away the hyper activity of the herpes virus, thereby reducing the agonies of the patients. However, doctors may use Valtrex as a complimentary medicine for the treatment of other disorders.
Don't forget to inform him before he prescribes Valtrex to you, if you are already suffering from any of the following diseases:
- Bone marrow transplantation;
- Immune system problems;
- Kidney disease;
- Kidney transplantation;
You should also let the doctor know if you are already taking any of the following drugs before he prescribes Valtrex:
- Tagamet HB;
There is no denying the fact that Valtrex is a wonder drug. But to be on the safer side it is always better to consult a physician and be sure about what is the right dose for you. So far no serious cases of Valtrex overdose has been found. Overdose of the drug may not be detrimental to your existence but it can always cause fatal disorders. The symptoms of Valtrex overdose are normally seizures, hallucinations, and kidney damage with less urine. As soon as you feel that an overdose has been taken by mistake rush to a doctor for the corrective measures.
On the other hand, a missed dose of Valtrex does not cause harmful damages. It is better to skip the missed dose completely in order to avoid the chance of overdose and see a doctor as soon as possible.
Reported Valtrex overdose symptoms are:
- Change in the amount of urine;
- Loss of consciousness;
Valtrex intake guidelines
Normally a dose of Valtrex is taken with a glass of water and with or without food. However, it is better to take the drug with food to avoid stomach problems. Valtrex works best if continued from the early stage of infection. It is very important to take the drug regularly for effective results. The intake of the drug shouldn't be stopped all of a sudden without consulting a doctor. It is safer to keep away from sexual play while the medication is on. Don't forget to store the medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat, for best results.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Valtrex may also be known as: