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Valtrex Maintenance Dose
What to do if I have been taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a year straight dose anyone else have the same problems?
Just started to take first pill of Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500 mg would two beers have any affect on the dose I took six hours ago?
"Straight, no chaser: Like any number of prescription medications that are given, they all work best when taken as directed with water (pill) so they can be appropriately absorbed. "Chasing" any medication down with 2 beers limits its' effectiveness. ...Read more
How long after takong Valtrex (valacyclovir) for shingles will they go away? I already took my full doses of 4 pills at 1, 000 mgs. I've had shingles for 3 weeks.
Prescribed 1g of Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily for cfs/me caused by EBV and hhv-6. Is this too low of a dose and how long until I notice symptom alleviation?
Typical dose: This is a typical dose. Time will tell. Everybody is different. Be patient. ...Read more
Kidney nephritis- can high dose Valacyclovir/Valtrex (4g daily)cause it? Negative ANA but mild kidney nephritis consistent with ckd.
When im feeling a cold sore coming, is it OK to take lysine supplement with my emergency dose of valtrex (8 pillsX 2times-12 hours)...?
Yes: Should not be a problemGet a more detailed answer ›
Prescribed Prednisone & Valtrex (valacyclovir) for Shingles. Shgles, so far, seems ro be mild, but Prednisone (10 mg, 1st dose this morning) has made me tired. Normal?
SOMEHOW, I BELIEVE IT MAY BE THE SHINGLES THAT IS MAKING YOU TIRED!
CHECK WITH THE DOCTOR WHO IS TREATING YOU.
BEST LUCK. . . ...Read more
Diagnosed with shingles & prescribed Valtrex (valacyclovir) and prednisone. I am a diabetic and concerned about taking prednisone. Is 20 mg 2x/day an ok dose for me?
Antiviral essential: The Valtrex (valacyclovir) is the essential medication for shingles, and should be started immediately. Prednisone can definitely adversely affect your blood sugar if diabetic, so this should only be used if absolutely necessary in consultation with the doctor managing your diabetes. ...Read more
1st dose Valtrex (valacyclovir) for cold sores. Dizzy with funny vision. I do have MS. .. Could it be my MS or the valtrex (valacyclovir). Should I stick to zovirax instead?
VIRAL INFECTIONS: Viruses can promote worsening of ms, even a full blown relapse. Sounds like you recently had labor and delivery, and pregnancy is protective, but breastfeeding is not so protective, and you may indeed have an emerging relapse or progressive symptoms. The long and short here is the need to see a neurologist and restart a potent disease modifying drug. Do not worry about which viral drug is used. ...Read more
Yes: According to the package insert, there are no drug interactions. ...Read more
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
Rx for HSV outbreak: For recurrent genital HSV2, it's usually most effective to prevent outbreaks with daily valacyclovir (Valtrex) or other anti-HSV drug. Oral herpes outbreaks (HSV1) usually aren't as frequent and can be treated with a single oral dose of valcyclovir. Oral acyclovir or famciclovir also are effective, but their creams or ointments help little. Diet and "natural" remedies like lysine are ineffective. ...Read more
Valacyclovir: Yes. It is common to take 1000 mg twice or thrice daily for five days. If that dose is not helping your doctor may want to figure out what is delaying treatment. ...Read more
Do I have to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) every day or just when prodrome symptoms arise? I have ghsv1.
Depends...: It all depends on how you were instructed to do so. If your outbreaks are only occasional and you are referring to the oral herpes (or commonly known as cold sores) then you can take when you get symptoms. However, if you are getting them too often and your doctor prescribed it for prevention then take it every day. If that is the case you might need a higher dose when you get sores appearing again. ...Read more
How long is it considered safe to take "valtrex" or it's generic on a daily basis for herpes 2 control?
Herpes: No time limit.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you are not having any symptoms of herpes do you have to continue to take Valtrex (valacyclovir) everyday?
Valtrex (valacyclovir): You are on suppressive tx. If you discontinue it could come back. ...Read more
I'm takin Valtrex (valacyclovir) for herpes and I broke out really bad so I stop takin them what will make it better?
I started taking valtrex (valacyclovir) while waiting for test results & it helped, does the fact that it worked confirm that I have herpes?
Most likely: Not knowing your symptoms nor location of your rash, difficult to say what is happening with your body. Please check back with your physician ASAP. Take care ...Read more
If I found a bottle of Valtrex (valacyclovir) in my boyfriends cabinet but he hasn't said anything bout it to me or what it is for should I get tested?
Herpes Testing: All sexually active adults should know their herpes status with a blood test. Regardless of your boyfriend's history you should already know if you have been exposed to herpes. 90% of those exposed do not have sores or outbreaks and can still be contagious. 74% of americans have the 'oral' or herpes type one and 25% o;f americans have the 'genital' or herpes type two virus. ...Read more
If I'm on daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) for ghsv1 can I still get symptoms like Itching or is it probably related to something else? No other symptoms or outbreaks
Herpes simplex: It is possible that itching, which is a subliminal type of pain, may be a sign of less than fully clinical herpetic outbreaks. On the other hand there are numerous other possibilities, and as you say, may well be related to something else. ...Read more
My partner has herpes, I don't. He's on valtrex (valacyclovir). Can I also take Valtrex (valacyclovir) to minimize risk? Is there a possibility it would make a difference?
Complicated: First, it is not likely that if your partner has this that you do not. You may simply have not developed symptomatic disease, but you can only tell by testing. Yes, you can take oral forms of acyclovir, but whether this will prevent you from becoming infected is unclear. Your partner's taking Acyclovir may reduce the risk to you. ...Read more
Expired medication: Highly recommend not to take expired medications and please kindly discard expired medications safely. Please kindly contact your physician to get refills or medications prescribed if needed. ...Read more
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By the book it should not be crushed since it's effectiveness is altered. I would suggest trying it without crushing.
Take care :) ...Read more
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
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
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