Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is an antiviral medication that is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses that affect the skin known as shingles (herpes zoster). It is also used to treat cold sores and to treat and prevent recurrences of genital herpes. It may also be used to treat chickenpox in children who are over two years old. Valacyclovir works by affecting the way the virus reproduces and it stops the virus from multiplying and spreading to nearby healthy cells. Valtrex does not cure shingles, cold sores or genital herpes but it helps the sores to heal fast and it also relieves pain and discomfort. It also reduces the risk of spreading of the infection to others.
We currently have the brand Valtrex from Turkey manufactured by GSK. The generic Valcivir comes from India manufactured by Cipla and also comes from Canada manufactured by Cobalt. It may come from other manufacturers around the world. Valtrex is available in the strength of 500g, 1000mg tablets.
The common side effects may include dizziness, headache, joint pain, mild skin rash, nausea, stomach pain, sore throat and stuffy nose.
The serious side effects may include:
• Bloody or dark urine;
• Easy bruising or bleeding;
• Extreme tiredness;
• Irregular heartbeat;
• Loss of consciousness;
• Severe stomach or abdominal pain;
• Sudden vision changes
You should not take Valtrex if you are allergic to Valacyclovir or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you are taking including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may occasionally make you dizzy. Do not drive or use machinery or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Valacyclovir passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Valtrex may interact with other medications such as NSAIDS. Do not use Acyclovir while using Valacyclovir.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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