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What are common side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir)?

What are common side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Few side effects: Headache, nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects of using Valtrex (valacyclovir is its generic name), though they happen rather infrequently based on my experience prescribing the anti-viral medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Anyone know what if any side effects for taking generic valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Minimal.: The package insert for valacyclovir lists the usual common side effects (dizziness, rash, etc, etc), but in 30+ years of practice I have never had a single patient complain of side effects from it. So the chances of an adverse reaction are not zero, but pretty close. ...Read more

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Are side effects from Valtrex (valacyclovir) 1gm common? I'm scared to take it because of the listed side effects. My outbreak is not going away on its own

Side effects rare: Side effects are very rare from valacyclovir. Those listed were reported by people in early research studies, but they occurred no more commonly in people taking the drug compared with those on placebo. In my 40+ years treating herpes patients, I've never seen anyone with a valacyclovir side effect. But if your outbreak is already clearing up, valacyclovir won't help anyway. ...Read more

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Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Relatively free: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is relatively free of side- effects. Ask your health care professional about benefits vs risks of daily suppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Family history of depression=10% chance of depression. Side effect of valtrex (valacyclovir)=7% of the same. Assume 17% chance of depression if I take valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Family history of depression=10% chance of depression. Side effect of valtrex (valacyclovir)=7% of the same. Assume 17% chance of depression if I take valtrex (valacyclovir)?

No: One can only make such an assumption if one has certainty that his chances depression in his PERSONAL case is indeed those numbers (very hard to prove), and also that such numbers would be additive. Thus, one cannot make such assumptions... it's too much of a generalization. Realize that even if there is a 10% risk, you may actually be a member of the other 90% who never get the affliction. ...Read more

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I have anxiety, experienced the hypertension/tachycardia side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir). If i take it with atenolol will it help, what should I look out for?

I have anxiety, experienced the hypertension/tachycardia side effects of valtrex (valacyclovir). If i take it with atenolol will it help, what should I look out for?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): Is this long term or short term. Avoid beta blockers unless know what doing. We avoid atenolol as may increase aortic pressure. Really need consult physician to determine if you have hypertension and is it tachycardia. Lone atrial fibrillation may be culprittreated differently than other forms a. Fib. May not know have it. But unless prescribed avoid atenolol. In ur age group, beta blockers not. ...Read more

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Saw PCP for shingles, right side of face. No rash. prescription Valtrex (valacyclovir). Asked to watch for rash on tip of nose. "Bump" today, but on left side of tip. ER?

Saw PCP for shingles, right side of face.  No rash.  prescription Valtrex (valacyclovir).  Asked to watch for rash on tip of nose. "Bump" today, but on left side of tip.  ER?

Antiviral treatment: There is 'one level higher' in terms of antiviral treatment for shingles -& that's intravenous acyclovir. It's heavy duty stuff and you would need to go to the ER to get that going. The real question is though, is that 'bump' at all related to shingles Y/N. Given that this can be serious - affecting the face and possibly the eye, I think you should get it seen today. If there's an ID doc, ask 'em ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Valtrex (Definition)

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