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A 37-year-old member asked:

Does valtrex (valacyclovir) work better than acyclovir?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: It's not more effective, but it's more convenient because you don't have to take it as often. Now that they're both generic, i always use valacyclovir.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What is valacyclovir? Is better then acyclovir?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
"Prepackaged" drug: Valacyclovir is exactly the same as acyclovir, except there is an additional chemical structure stuck to it, that allows the drug to be easily absorbed in the digestive system. This additional structures is then cleaved off in the liver to acyclovir. In terms of achieving adequate levels of drug in the blood, it's just as good if not better than acyclovir.
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