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Going Off Valtrex
Expired medication: Highly recommend not to take expired medications and please kindly discard expired medications safely. Please kindly contact your physician to get refills or medications prescribed if needed. ...Read more
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By the book it should not be crushed since it's effectiveness is altered. I would suggest trying it without crushing.
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Don't take it: Please get a new script, not supposed to take meds expired that long if it was one month expired while you are still not supposed to take that one, a 1 month expired med should usually be ok. ...Read more
Antiviral: Treats herpes virus infections, including shingles (herpes zoster), cold sores (herpes labialis), and genital herpes (herpes simplex) in adults. Also treats cold sores and chicken pox in children. This medicine will not cure herpes, but may prevent a breakout of herpes sores or blisters. ...Read more
Possibly: But may loose potency after expiration. It is best not to take medications after their expiration date especially if they are long expired. ...Read more
Expired Valtrex (valacyclovir): It is never a good idea to take medications that are expired. However, with a vast majority of medications, it should be noted that the expiration date on the package does not mean the product is rendered useless the day after the expiration date. If within a few days of the expiration date, I suggest contacting your pharmacist for an opinion. ...Read more
Probably nothing: All medicines degrade with time. Just cause it expired doesn't mean its poisonous. Just won't work as well as unexpired medicine. Actually, it really depends on how old the medicine is. If its relatively soon after the expiration date, I'm sure its still good. All bets are off its over a year past. ...Read more
Don't recommend: As this may reduce effectiveness.Get a more detailed answer ›
Should be OK: It should work just fine, but probably will taste bad. If you have trouble taking pills, talk with your doctor. Perhaps she would prescribe the pediatric suspension (liquid) instead of pills. ...Read more
Yes: Generics have to be very similar to the original to be sold as such and it saves u dough. ...Read more
Depends: You must really consult your doctor. There are different regimens and doses. It also depends on whether you are treating a first time infection. Repeat infection and using the pill for prevention ...Read more
Time: The lesions will go away by themselves and will take only slightly longer if not treated. By the way, the medicine you refer to makes the lesions only slightly less painful (if any at all) than no treatment at all. ...Read more
Unusual: This is a very uncommon overdose. Huge overdoses have been reported to rarely cause kidney damage and hallucinations. It is not abused by people looking to get "high". It is one of the safest meds ever. LD 50 is unknown, meaning you cannot suicide with it. One or 2 extra doses are not going to cause symptoms. ...Read more
Call YOUR GYN: Your gyn may want u to increase the dose which u can under your docs direction or use a diff med. ...Read more
Is it possible to become resistant to Valtrex (valacyclovir) and it stops working as well as before?
Yes, but rare: It's possible but very unusual. It tends to happen only in immunosuppressed patients who have taken intermittent Acyclovir or valacyclovir for many years. If you develop a herpes lesion while taking valtrex, the lesion can be cultured and sent to the lab for sensitivity testing, which will determine whether the herpes is sensitive or resistant. ...Read more
Is it ok if I take a lot more Valtrex (valacyclovir) pills now so they'll work faster; or will I overdose?
NO: Never take a "lot more now" so the medicine will work faster. That will never happen. The time it takes a medicine to work is based on the intrinsic properties of the medicine itself. Taking a lot now will only put you at risk for serious side effects from too high a dose. ...Read more
Should I be worried about future problems because I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday? I take 500 every 12 hours. Thanks
No Worries: There is no know problems with taking maintenance valtrex (valacyclovir). It would be worse not to take it as maintenance and have reoccurring breakouts that can cause increase risk of transmission. I am not sure what the exact diagnosis is that you are taking this for, but it is wise to stay suppressed from breakouts. ...Read more
I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day, twice if I feel anything off. Why am I still getting outbreaks & what can I do to stop them?
I have been diagnosed with bells but didn't fill the Valtrex (valacyclovir) prescription due to cost is this going to hinder my recovery in any way?
Maybe not: If your bells' palsy is caused by the reactivation of chicken-pox virus (shingle) or herpes simplex (unusual), Valtrex (valacyclovir) may help but probably won't hinder healing if not taken. Acyclovir is an alternative which is very cheap--less than 20 bucks for 10 days. May need to check for lyme disease too. Please consult doc for re-eval and possible change of med. Good luck. ...Read more