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Is Valtrex An Antibiotic
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 ". ...Read more
I have been taking antibiotics for a UTI and also Valtrex (valacyclovir) for mild shingles and now I'm having a hard time urinating? No pain just forcing it to flow?
HSV not shingles?: If your apparent shingles involves the genital area or nearby, it is likely you have primary genital herpes instead. Shingles is rare at age 18 but herpes is common; the rash is very similar for both; genital HSV can cause UTI symptoms; and it can cause temporary bladder weakness or paralysis that interferes with urination. The rash should tested for HSV. Recheck with your doctor ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more
I once had cliff, I now take 1/2 of valacyclovir. Can this cause cliff to reaccure? Is this an antibiotic?
Cliff?: What do you mean by cliff? Do you mean C. diff? Which is a shortened version used by docs to mean an infection due to C. difficile, a bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea in some people, often due to antibiotics. Whoever wrote cliff, misspelled it, prob. An automatic Spellcheck fix! Big mistake in this case. If this is not what you mean, please ask again again and clarify. ...Read more
Valtrex may temporarily suppress viral culture results, but antibody tests would not be affected.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Yes: One is topical and the other is oral and they are both used to treat the same thing. ...Read more
It depends...: ...on the type of herpes infection being treated. The infection itself may be cleared in only 1-5 days, but it can take a lot longer for symptoms to clear and healing to be complete -- faster for recurrent genital or oral herpes (HSV1 or HSV2), longer (somtimes 1-2 weeks) for initial HSV infection or for herpes zoster (shingles). Discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, you can. There are no significant interactions between them. ...Read more
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Valtrex (valacyclovir) effective: Valtrex (valacyclovir) can be used to suppress or reduce symptoms of herpetic outbreaks. Oral lesions (cold sores, being the most common) can resolve quickly by taking of valtex at the first indication (tingling). This is a one day dosage 4tab 12 hr apart. Genital herpes is normally given a longer suppressive dose to minimize lesions. See you dentist, dermatologist, or ob/gyn. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Depends upon the test to which you are referring. Valtrex (valacyclovir) may diminish the presence of virus in the skin or mucous membranes lesions and lessen the chances of a viral culture being positive, but will not in any way alter the antibody test on a blood specimen. ...Read more
Time: Any topical cream for cold sores helps with the pain however only time allows them to heal. ...Read more
Medication Question: Nope. Not at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
Your IVF specialist: Will be the final answer on this, but if you were my patient I would probably say it's ok. Valacyclovir/Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been assigned Pregnancy Risk Category B: No risk in non-human studies such as animal reproduction studies. In general, I believe it is safe to take a medication during IVF if it is safe to take during pregnancy. There is no theoretical reason Valtrex (valacyclovir) should interfere with conception. ...Read more
USUAL DOSE2grm twice: The usual dose for cold sore is 200 mgm twice a day for one day, and to be given when you feel the cold sore is starting at the earliest stage to be effective. According to latest studies that will shorten the course and clear the cold sore fast. ...Read more
Never: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is the name of an antibiotic active against herpes family viruses. The antibiotic starts working as soon as it is absorbed. In general, antibiotics help the body's immune system defeat the germ, kind of a "get an advantage" or "catch up." white cells do the real work of fighting infections. Some of them make antibodies while some directly attack the "foreigner.". ...Read more
Herpes zoster: This is recurrent disease due to the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus). You need not have any immunosuppressive disorder to develop this disease. You might want to get the vaccine which may be effective even after having the illness, to help prevent recurrent outbreaks. ...Read more