Valtrex and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Valtrex 500mg and/or Equivalents||Co-Valacyclovir, Valacyclovir, Valtrex|
|Valtrex 1000mg and/or Equivalents||Apo-Valacyclovir, Valacyclovir, Valtrex|
Valtrex is a prescription drug which is used to treat conditions relating to the herpes virus. The drug is widely used by doctors to treat conditions like cold sores, shingles, chicken pox and genital herpes. The drug prevents the virus from multiplying thereby preventing the spread of infection in the body. It is considered safe for consumption for both adults as well as for children. However, it is advisable that children should be at least 12 years old when taking this drug. Valaciclovir hydrochloride is the most active ingredient in this drug which helps the body to fight against the outbreak of infection caused by the herpes virus.
Whenever there is an outbreak of virus in your body, the virus tends to stay back in your body in nerve endings in an inactive form. Valtrex prevents the outbreak of the virus by preventing them from multiplying and becoming active. It prevents the recurrence of herpes and also the spread of herpes from one person to other people. Valtrex is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and is available in tablets with doses of 500 mg and 1 gram. The medicine should be stored in airtight container, away from the moisture or heat, at room temperature.
Conditions Treated By Valtrex
- Treating herpes in adults
- Preventing genital herpes and its spread from one person to another
- Preventing shingles in adults
- Treating cold sores in both adults and children
- Preventing recurrent outbreaks of herpes
Just like all other medicines, Valtrex too is to be consumed with caution. This drug is not suitable for people with the following medical conditions:
- If you are allergic to valacyclovir or acyclovir.
- If you are suffering from AIDS or HIV.
- If you are pregnancy or if you are planning a pregnancy.
- If you have a weak immunity system.
- If you are suffering from any type of kidney disease or are on dialysis.
- If you are undergoing or have undergone a bone marrow or a kidney transplant.
In case you are suffering from any of the medical conditions mentioned above, chances are that your doctor will prescribe an alternate drug to you or you will get alterations in the drug dosage. Your doctor will carry out a few tests to see if Valtrex will suit your conditions or not. Although this drug is not suitable to be taken during pregnancy, doctors sometimes prescribe this drug in mild doses in case the mother is suffering from genital herpes. The virus of genital herpes can easily be passed on from the mother to the baby; which is why doctors may have to prescribe this drug. This drug is also suitable in case the mother is breast feeding her child. Do not take this drug on your own without informing your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or are breast feeding your child. Traces from Valtrex can travel up to your breast milk and can prove to be harmful for your nursing infant. It is also important for your doctor to know what the other medicines or supplements are that you are taking at the time your doctor prescribes Valtrex to you.
Stop taking Valtrex immediately and inform your doctor right away if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Unexplained bleeding or bruises
- Red spots on the skin (unrelated to chicken pox or herpes)
- Pale skin
- Bloody diarrhea
- Less urination than the normal rate
Valtrex Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
There are some basic yardsticks on which the dosage of this medicine depends- your age, the type of medical conditions that you are suffering from, weight (in case of children), other medications that you might be taking, etc. Based on this, your doctor will prescribe you the most appropriate dose of Valtrex. The drug is available in two doses- 500 mg and 1 gram.
The best time to have a Valtrex is as soon as you spot the occurrence of herpes. This will reduce the time that the virus will take to become active and multiply. If is taken too late, there are chances that it might not show any signs of effectiveness. There is no need to wait to have food before taking the medicine as it can be taken with or without having food. In order to maintain the level of effectiveness of the drug, make sure that you have the medicine at the same time every day. Do not unnecessarily stop having the medicine as it might lead to increase in the spread of infection in the body.
b.) Missing A Dose
It is very important to have the medicine at a definite time of the day on all the days. In case you have missed a dose, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If there is very little time left for the next dose, wait for the next dose, do not have the missed dose. Never take two doses of Valtrex with a very short time gap in between.
It can be quite fatal if you have taken an overdose of Valtrex. Consult your doctor immediately and seek medical attention as soon as possible. An overdose of this medicine can cause harm to the kidneys.
Valtrex Side Effects
Not too many people suffer from side effects after taking Valtrex. Here are some of the side effects that many people are likely to suffer from after taking Valtrex:
- Increased enzymes in liver
- Joint pain
Possible Drug Interactions Valtrex
Exercise caution when having Valtrex if you are already having the following medications:
In most patients, the interactions of these drugs with Valtrex will not create too much of a problem. However, if you are suffering from any type of renal problems, make sure that you inform your doctor about it as the interactions of the above mentioned drugs with Valtrex can affect your kidneys.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.