Valtrex—also known as valacyclovir—is a medication that is prescribed to treat certain viral infections. In infants and young children, it is used for the treatment of cold sores brought on by herpes simplex and also chickenpox. Similarly, this medication is used for the treatment of herpes cold sores as well as shingles in adults.
Valtrex is also commonly used to eliminate the symptoms of genital herpes. In individuals with recurrent herpes flares, Valtrex is able to prevent frequent outbreaks.
What Is Valtrex?
Valtrex is classified as an antiviral medication. Its primary goal is to impede the growth of various viral infections. Though, Valtrex is by no means a cure for herpes. Most of these viral infections remain dormant in the body even while a patient is not undergoing a flare-up. What Valtrex does is lessen the severity and shorten the duration of flare-ups. It speeds up the healing of outbreaks, prevents the formation of new blisters, and relieves itching and discomfort. Valtrex is also effective in subduing the pain that sometimes lingers even after the blisters are gone.
Peruse the pamphlet that comes with your medication carefully prior to beginning your treatment. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the use of your medication, consult with your pharmacist or primary physician without hesitation.
Valtrex is an oral medication that can be taken with or without food. However, this medication can sometimes cause dizziness, so an important thing to remember every time you take your pill to is to drink lots of water.
Valtrex is most effective when patients begin treatment as soon as they get their first viral flare-up. Detering treatment may lower the efficacy of the medication.
For chickenpox or shingles, doctors usually recommend going on Valtrex as soon as you break out in a rash. In cases of genital herpes, on the other hand, patients must begin taking Valtrex as soon as they begin to experience itching or burning sensations.
Side Effects of Valtrex
Most of the time, the only side effects Valtrex can bring on are dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, and nausea. If you experience these side effects long-term or severely, be sure to get in contact with your pharmacist or primary physician as soon as possible.
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