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What to do if I have been taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a year straight dose anyone else have the same problems?

What to do if I have been taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a year straight dose anyone else have the same problems?

Not sure what the: Problem is that you are referring to. Valtrex (valacyclovir) can be taken continuously. If this doesn't answer your question than please clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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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?

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

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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.

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.

Singles treatment: Herpes zoster (shingles) is usually treated for at least a week, sometimes 2 weeks or more. Improvement should begin in 2-3 days, but it can take 10 days or more to heal completely. Clarify your treatment plan with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Kidney nephritis- can high dose Valacyclovir/Valtrex (4g daily)cause it? Negative ANA but mild kidney nephritis consistent with ckd.

Kidney nephritis- can high dose Valacyclovir/Valtrex (4g daily)cause it? Negative ANA but mild kidney nephritis consistent with ckd.

?: Unlikely, this is complex, depends on several factors, underlying conditions, and other medications taken concomitantly, your treating doctors can answer you better, but why are you on this high dose of valacyclovir? ...Read more

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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?

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?

PREDNISONE TIRED?: 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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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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Is mylan valacyclovir hcl1 as effective as valtrex?

Is mylan valacyclovir hcl1 as effective as valtrex?

Valtrex (valacyclovir): This is a generic of the brand Valtrex (valacyclovir) and should work the same. ...Read more

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Can you take Valtrex (valacyclovir) with hydroxyzine?

Yes: According to the package insert, there are no drug interactions. ...Read more

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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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How much is Valtrex (valacyclovir) is it free with medicaid?

Yes: Most medicaid plans cover generics. The generic of Valtrex (valacyclovir) is acyclovir. Some medicaid plans may have you pay a nominal fee for a drug. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to take lysine and Valtrex (valacyclovir) together?

Is it recommended to take lysine and Valtrex (valacyclovir) together?

You can: You can do that if you want. Lysine is not usually prescribed by doctors since taking an oral supplement has no proven benefits. Its use in preventing herpes outbreaks is highly debatable. ...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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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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What to do if I have herpes out break: what can you use becides valtrex (valacyclovir)?

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

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Can I take 1500mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) for coldsores every 12 hours until they are gone?

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

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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

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I'm takin Valtrex (valacyclovir) for herpes and I broke out really bad so I stop takin them what will make it better?

If it is herpes: Then u can increase the Valtrex (valacyclovir) form 1-2 grams a day if that does not help then call your gyn and u may need to see an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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I started taking valtrex (valacyclovir) while waiting for test results & it helped, does the fact that it worked confirm that I have herpes?

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

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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

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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

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

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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?

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

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Can I take expired valtrex? 1 year past?

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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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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What happens to you if you crush then take Valtrex?

Valtrex: Hello and welcome to HealthTap,

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

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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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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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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Valtrex (Definition)

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