When you’re taking many medicines, whether they’re over-the-counter or prescription, it’s important to know the risks, side effects and also any potential interactions or substances you should avoid. This is a common question, and the answer is explored below. Many medicines do have interactions with alcohol, other medications, supplements and even vitamins. Before looking at the possible interactions of alcohol and Valtrex, what is this medication? Valtrex is a brand name prescription drug with the generic name valacyclovir. Valtrex is an antiviral, oral drug that treats herpes viruses including shingles, genital herpes, and cold sores. It’s not a cure for herpes, but it does reduce symptoms through slowing the spread and growth of the virus. Valtrex also helps the user’s immune system more easily fight the infection and reduce outbreaks. When someone takes Valtrex, it can help in the healing of cold sores, the prevention of new cold sores, and it can reduce pain and itching. 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.
I am a professional fly fishing guide on Michigan's Muskegon River and am a member of the Feenstra Guide Service Team. Born in 1971, I have been a fishing addict since I was 8 years old and I have been guiding professionally since 2003. Valtrex precautions and warnings include potential drug interactions, possible risks for people with poor kidney function, and whether women who are nursing should take it. Before taking Valtrex, talk to your healthcare provider about any health conditions you may have, such as kidney disease, AIDS, or depression. Valtrex precautions and warnings also extend to any medications you are taking.