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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) be prescribed to treat any other virus besides herpes?

Inappropriate: You could prescribe it for many things, but the only agent against which it is likely to be effective is herpes simplex. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Will giving antiviral agent like valacyclovir later than 72 hours upon start of herpes zoster still be effective?

Not usually: Herpes infections can be treated with antivirals such as Acyclovir and valcyclovir, but to really have an impact need to be started within 72 hours. Any later and the symptoms are really not effected much at all. ...Read more

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How likely is it i will pass the herpes 2 virus if i'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

How likely is it i will pass the herpes 2 virus if i'm taking valacyclovir daily and use condoms and don't have outbreaks?

Very low, approach 0: Very unlikely, as you are doing everything possible to prevent transmission. Get lots of rest as viral outbreaks are tied to immune system and immune system becomes more vulnerable when we're tired and sleep deprived, but, honestly, you're doing everything right. ...Read more

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Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

Is Valtrex (valacyclovir) only for genital herpes?

No: It's also used for shingles, oral herpes (cold sores), and herpes that occurs in other areas, such as the anus or skin. ...Read more

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Do i still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

Do i still need to be on Valtrex (valacyclovir) once the herpes blisters turned to scabs?

No: 2 ways to treat this. Take a pill every day for years to prevent attacks. Take a dose at the first tingling which preceeds an attack. 1 or 2 doses only, not effective unless taken immediatly at first symptoms. If it is the very first acute infection, the take for 10 days. If you have shingles- a different virus- take for 7 days. ...Read more

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Valacyclovir (Definition)

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