A 35-year-old member asked:
is valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?
4 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No.: It's an antiviral, and it has no significant antimicrobial effect.
4780 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Not really-Antiviral: Well if you look at the definition, Valacyclovir (Valtrex) is a medicine that can inhibit the growth of viruses but the word antibiotic is usually reserved for those that destroy or inhibits the growth of bacteria.
noun: antibiotic; plural noun: antibiotics
a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms ".
2898 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Anti Viral Antibioti: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is anti viral Antibiotic
2866 viewsAnswered Jun 29, 2018
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is an antiviral.
2771 viewsAnswered >2 years ago
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