Valacyclovir (generic for Valtrex) is a medication approved by the FDA to treat different types of herpes infections including HSV-1 and HSV-2. It is also used to treat shingles (herpes zoster), which is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). There are four different ways that herpes medications can be used to treat genital herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2): 1. To Treat Or Abort An Outbreak When There Are Early Symptoms (Prodrome): For both genital and oral herpes, people can take medication when their specific prodrome tells them an outbreak is about to occur. The medication will stop an outbreak cold (often) and when it does not, it can shorten the outbreak and make it milder than it might have been otherwise. To Prevent Outbreaks When There Are No Symptoms But Outbreaks Are More Likely: Patients also learn the life circumstances or behaviors that lead to more outbreaks. For some, a lack of sleep, increased alcohol, another illness, stress, too much sunlight, irritation, or anything that can affect one’s immunity can spur an outbreak. That means that some patients can know not just when they feel an outbreak coming on but can know when they are more likely to have an outbreak due to their circumstances. They might be under stress, having more sex therefore causing more physical irritation, drinking a bit more than they should, or missing sleep over an extended period. Valacyclovir belongs to the class of medications known as antivirals. It is used to treat a viral infection affecting the skin known as shingles (herpes zoster). It is also used to treat cold sores, and to treat and prevent recurrences of genital herpes. It works by interfering with the way the virus reproduces. Valacyclovir works by stopping the virus from multiplying and spreading to nearby healthy cells. It does not cure shingles, cold sores, or genital herpes, but it does help the sores to heal more quickly, and it relieves pain and discomfort. When used to prevent recurrences of herpes, it also reduces the risk of transmission (spreading) of the infection to others.
Valacyclovir is used to treat herpes virus infections, including herpes labialis (also known as cold sores), herpes zoster (also known as shingles), and herpes simplex (also known as genital herpes) in adults. It is also used to treat chickenpox and cold sores in children. In your body, valacyclovir becomes the anti-herpes medicine, acyclovir. Although valacyclovir will not cure shingles or genital herpes, it does help relieve the pain and discomfort and helps the sores heal faster. Valacyclovir is available only with your doctor's prescription. This product is available in the following dosage forms: In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. For this medicine, the following should be considered: Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. The dose in immunocompromised patients is 1000 mg three times daily for at least seven days (3000 mg total daily dose) and for 2 days following crusting of lesions. This dose should be reduced according to creatinine clearance (see Renal impairment below). For recurrent episodes, treatment should be for three to five days. For initial episodes, which can be more severe, treatment may have to be extended to ten days. For recurrent episodes of herpes simplex, this should ideally be during the prodromal period or immediately upon appearance of the first signs or symptoms. Valtrex can prevent lesion development when taken at the first signs and symptoms of an HSV recurrence. For herpes labialis (cold sores), valaciclovir 2000 mg twice daily for one day is effective treatment in adults and adolescents. The second dose should be taken about 12 h (no sooner than 6 h) after the first dose.
Pill with imprint VALTREX 500 mg is Blue, Elliptical / Oval and has been identified as Valtrex 500 mg. It is supplied by GlaxoSmithKline. Valtrex valacyclovir is a prescription medication used to treat shingles, cold sores. Cold symptoms; Increased liver enzymes; Reduction of white blood cells.