Corneas were inoculated with HSV-1, and latent infection was allowed to establish. Starting on postinoculation (PI) day 28, tear swabs were collected once daily for 6 consecutive days before treatment. The rabbits were placed in five balanced groups: group 1 had no treatment, group 2 received placebo, group 3 received 7 mg/kg VCV, group 4 received 70 mg/kg, and group 5 received 140 mg/kg. The treatment was administered by oral gavage twice daily, starting on PI day 36 and continuing for 14 days. The ocular swabs were collected beginning on PI day 40 and continuing for 10 days. The mean copy number of HSV-1 DNA before treatment was 370 ± 70, 569 ± 273, 368 ± 86, 408 ± 108, and 396 ± 91, and the mean HSV-1 DNA copy number after treatment was 232 ± 183, 564 ± 186, 518 ± 122, 67 ± 63, and 13 ± 7 in groups 1 to 5, respectively. The 70- and 140-mg/kg doses of VCV significantly reduced the HSV-1 DNA copy number, compared with that of the other three groups. A daily dose of 500 mg (∼7 mg/kg) VCV in healthy human volunteers did not suppress HSV-1 DNA shedding in tears and saliva. Valacyclovir is used to treat herpes zoster (shingles) and genital herpes. It does not cure herpes infections but decreases pain and itching, helps sores to heal, and prevents new ones from forming. This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. It is usually taken every 8 hours (three times a day) for 7 days to treat shingles. To treat genital herpes it is usually taken twice a day for 5 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Use this medication as soon as possible after symptoms appear. Continue to take valacyclovir even if you feel well.
2 g orally every 12 hours for a total of 2 doses HIV-infected adult (guideline dosing): 1 g orally twice a day for 5 to 10 days Comments: -Therapy should be started at the earliest sign of a cold sore, e.g. -Efficacy of treatment when initiated after the development of clinical signs of a cold sore have not been established. -Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV- Infected Adults and Adolescents may be consulted for additional guidance. Use: For the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis). Genital Herpes: FIRST EPISODE: 1 g orally twice a day Duration of therapy: 10 days (manufacturer): 7 to 10 days (CDC recommendation) RECURRENT EPISODES: 500 mg orally twice a day for 3 days OR 1 g orally once a day for 5 days -Therapy should be started at the first sign of a genital herpes episode Comments: -All patients with newly acquired genital herpes should receive antiviral therapy as first episodes can cause a prolonged clinical illness, even among persons with mild clinical manifestations initially. -Therapy for the initial episode is most effective when administered within 48 hours of onset of signs and symptoms; the efficacy or initiating treatment more than 72 hours after onset of signs and symptoms has not been established. -For recurrent episodes, the efficacy of starting more than 24 hours after onset of signs and symptoms has not been established. -CDC STD treatment Guidelines may be consulted for additional guidance. Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex) and chickenpox (caused by varicella zoster). In adults, it is used to treat shingles (caused by herpes zoster) and cold sores around the mouth. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Valacyclovir is also used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes. Valacyclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. In people with frequent outbreaks, this medication is used to reduce the number of future episodes. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking valacyclovir and each time you get a refill.
Nov 14, 2014. Valtrex is the brand name for valacyclovir, an antiviral drug used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In adults, it's prescribed. Drug information on Valacyclovir Hydrochloride Caplet for health care. Cold Sores Herpes Labialis The recommended dosage of VALTREX for treatment of.