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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes?

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Dr. Stanley Siu
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Yes, in moderation: There are no contraindications to drinking alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes. Contraindications/cautions include: hypersens to drug/class/compon, caution if immunocompormised, advanced hiv, renal impairment, concurrent nephrotoxic agents, elderly, if dehydrated. Getting drunk may not be safe to yourself and/or to others, however. That's why i suggest drinking in "moderation".
Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: You should not have alcohol when treating oral heroes with the medication. It interfere with the effect of the medication.

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