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Please describe the medication: valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Please describe the medication: valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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

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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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Can you take the medication Valtrex (valacyclovir) if you are nursing?

Drug. Com: The dosage of acyclovir in milk after valacyclovir is less than 1% of a typical infant dosage and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. No special precautions are required when using valacyclovir during breastfeeding. Drug. Com
Please contact your prescribing physician or pediatrician for further guidance ...Read more

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I have hsv-2 and I'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

I have hsv-2 and I'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?

Anabolic steroids: These are not likely to have interactions with valacyclovir or your hsv infection, but you should double check with your pharmacist who has access to up to date computer records of interactions. You should also strongly reconsider the reasons for taking these. ...Read more

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Just found out I have hsv1 but I get no outbreak. Should I take medication? The doctor said if you do get one she will prescribe me Valtrex (valacyclovir)

No: Asymptomatic exposure to herpes simplex virus doe not need to be treated with antivirals. It is treated only if there is an outbreak. Supressive treatment is only recommended if the outbreaks are very frequent and severe. ...Read more

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I'm doing my stds test including hiv tmr, I take valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpies, will this medications affect my test results? Tk you!

I'm doing my stds test including hiv tmr, I take valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpies, will this medications affect my test results? Tk you!

No: Taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) does not change the test results for the usual STD tests, including HIV tests. Herpes tests are usually blood tests (unless the doctor is swabbing or scraping the actual skin lesion for a culture). If a patient is already on an anti-herpes drug like Valtrex (valacyclovir), the skin lesion culture might be harder to get a positive result from, but the blood tests results should be accurate. ...Read more

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Started Valacyclovir yesterday, had fever of 102 since yesterday, moderate-severe back/neck pain, headache, muscle weakness. Is there another medication I could try?

Started Valacyclovir yesterday, had fever of 102 since yesterday, moderate-severe back/neck pain, headache, muscle weakness. Is there another medication I could try?

HealthTap's free: Q & A module doesn't dispense specific treatment recommendations. Also, to decide on a treatment, the doctor must have some idea of what disease they're treating. You're symptoms sound severe enough to warrant a doctor visit and I highly recommend one. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Is zovirax the suppressive drug for herpes? How is it different from Valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Similar: Both are anti-viral medications made by different companies. For the most part, they work equally well. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is advantageous in that you need to take it less often. ...Read more

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What is valacyclovir used for?

What is valacyclovir used for?

Herpes Simplex Virus: Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses in adults and children. Illnesses caused by herpes viruses include genital herpes, cold sores, shingles, and chickenpox. It is also used to prevent recurrent infection by taking it daily. ...Read more

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Who should not take valaciclovir?

Valaciclovir: "Valacyclovir hydrochloride is contraindicated in patients who have had a demonstrated clinically significant hypersensitivity reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to Valacyclovir, acyclovir, or any component of the formulation " See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/valacyclovir. Html ...Read more

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Is it ok to take expired valacyclovir?

Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more

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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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How long does valacyclovir take to work?

How long does valacyclovir take to work?

Valacyclovir TO WORK: How long does it take valacyclovir to work? For what? Cold sores? Genital herpes? Shingles (herpes zoster)? It varies with the disease, with the length of time you had it, and how severe it is.
Ask your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What exactly does Valtrex (valacyclovir) do?

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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Risks for taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily?

Virtually zero: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is a very safe drug for long-term or short-term use. ...Read more

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Will 1 year expired Valtrex (valacyclovir) still work?

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

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Will Valtrex (valacyclovir) still work after 1 expired?

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

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What happens when you take expired valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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

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What would happenif you take an expired valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) thzt expired 2 yrsago still ok to take?

No: If you need to take valtrex, (valacyclovir) there is a strong possibility that this medication that is 2 years old will not be as effective. You need to get a new prescription. ...Read more

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How many times a day should u take the Valtrex (valacyclovir) pill?

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

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What can I use instead of Valtrex (valacyclovir) which is too expensive?

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