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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) an antibiotic?

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.
"an·ti·bi·ot·ic
noun: antibiotic; plural noun: antibiotics
a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms ". ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can you use antibiotic ointment while taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Can you use antibiotic ointment while taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Yes, BUT: There is no benefit to such use. Mupirocin is good for impetigo. Otc antibiotic ointments are of no benefit. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is generally used for 1 or 2 doses for herpes. No antibiotic helps herpes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) cancel out birth control like a anti biotic?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) cancel out birth control like a anti biotic?

Unlikely: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is an antiviral. It has minimal effects on our tissues. You can use it in combination with birth control pills. ...Read more

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I once had cliff, I now take 1/2 of valacyclovir. Can this cause cliff to reaccure? Is this an antibiotic?

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

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What is Valtrex (valacyclovir) used for?

What is Valtrex (valacyclovir) used for?

Valacyclovir: This is an antiviral compound effective against herpes simplex. It inhibits clinical symptoms, and prolongs the duration of time between outbreaks, but is not curative, since this organism, like squatters, roaches, and rats, cannot be gotten rid of. ...Read more

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Can valtrex alter hsv tests?

Which tests?: Valtrex may temporarily suppress viral culture results, but antibody tests would not be affected.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can u take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Clomid together?

Can u take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Clomid together?

Yes you can: Hi Kia,

yes you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and clomid together. I noted that you were on multiple medications. Caution is always advised when taking multiple medication. You are very wise in checking especially since you are TTC. ...Read more

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How effective is Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

How effective is Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

effective if early: Anri-virals work best if taken when prodrome like tingling occurs. Or of frequent outbreaks then as daily preventative. ...Read more

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Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) clear up infection in 7 days?

Does Valtrex (valacyclovir) clear up infection in 7 days?

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

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Can you take atenolol and Valtrex (valacyclovir) together?

Can you take atenolol and Valtrex (valacyclovir) together?

Yes: Yes, you can. There are no significant interactions between them. ...Read more

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I have hsv1 and I wanna know effects of valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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

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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) trigger a false positive herpes test?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) trigger a false positive herpes test?

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

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Is there anything better than Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

Is there anything better than Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores?

Time: Any topical cream for cold sores helps with the pain however only time allows them to heal. ...Read more

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Hi, Is it ok to take valtrex (valacyclovir) while I am doing my IVF shots?

Hi, Is it ok to take valtrex (valacyclovir) while I am doing my IVF shots?

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

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Is it okay to not use condoms when he is taking daily valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Is it okay to not use condoms when he is taking daily valtrex (valacyclovir)?

No: Many other diseases like hpv, syphillis and clamydia do not respond to this med. ...Read more

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How many days straight can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1000mg for coldsores?

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

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How many days straight can I take Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1, 000mg for my coldsores?

Herpes Treatment: Herpes treatment is often successful by day five. If it is not your doctor may want to run tests or try another medication. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for Valtrex (valacyclovir) to start working on the antibodies?

How long does it takes for Valtrex (valacyclovir) to start working on the antibodies?

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

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Yes valtrex (valacyclovir). Should I have her immune system tested. I'm very concerned!

Yes valtrex (valacyclovir). Should I have her immune system tested. I'm very concerned!

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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Valacyclovir (Definition)

Valacyclovir is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more


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Valtrex (Definition)

Valtrex is a herpes viruses agent which is a kind of anti-viral ...Read more