This Article Provides Information Regarding Your Valtrex Prescription. You may have been shocked and a bit befuddled if you have recently been diagnosed with genital herpes. While genital herpes cannot be completely cured, it is easily treated. Genital herpes is a controllable condition, but it can have a major impact on your life.
This article will be helpful to you if you have been diagnosed with genital herpes and have had Valtrex prescribed to treat that condition; you will become more aware of Valtrex and more comfortable using Valtrex, which is essential since it will now be a part of your every day regimen.
Valacyclovir Hydrochloride, or Valtrex is used to treat genital herpes. Valtrex is a blue, oblong tablet. These tablets come in either 500 mg or 1000 mg strengths. Valtrex should be taken one gram, twice a day for ten days to treat genital herpes. Five hundred milligrams should be taken twice a day for three days to treat recurring genital herpes. Valtrex can also be used to treat cold sores caused by herpes. The treatment is started as soon as a cold sore surfaces, and consists of taking two grams of Valtrex twice a day, each day.
The main component in Valtrex, known as Valacyclovir Hydrochloride, performs its job by becoming acyclovir by the metabolism through the first-pass intestinal and/or hepatic system. The herpes virus is inhibited by Acyclovir, which functions by posing as a “fake” acyclic nucleotide. Incorporation of the acyclovir into the chains of DNA eliminates the DNA chain the herpes virus is in. The process is repetitive, again and again, but does not cure the herpes virus, only treats it. Valtrex effectiveness is at it’s strongest 2.5 to 3.3 hours after swallowing the medication. Valtrex will reduce the removal of these medications: probenacid (Benemid), or cimetidine (Tagamet) when taken simultaneously.
If a patient is sensitive to Valacyclovir Hydrochloride in any way, he or she should avoid consuming any Valtrex medication. If you have impairment of the renal system, and Valtrex has been prescribed for you by a physician, the Valtrex dosage prescribed by the physician needs to be lowered.
Acyclovir can build up in the renal tubes of patients that are dehydrated. (For this reason it is essential that you drink lots of fluids while taking Valtrex.) Your physician should have mentioned that even though you are taking Valtrex, various viral mutations may cause the virus to become active in your body. At these times, it is critical that you abstain from sex or practice very safe sex in order to prevent your partner from becoming infected. (I’m not requiring a lot, and hopefully you can sympathize with my situation!)
Ingesting Valtrex can result in the following side effects: nausea, headache, vomiting, and stomach pain. Tremors might occur. Call your doctor immediately if you feel any of the following signs of an allergic reaction: swollen throat, hives, or rashes. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Double dosing should be avoided. Keep Valtrex away from kids and sunlight, and store it in a dry, cool place. Valtrex can lose potency when exposed to sunlight. If you notice your symptoms are decreasing or you feel better, it’s vital that you do not stop taking Valtrex.
Taking various anti-viral and daily suppressive medications like Acyclovir (Zovirax) and Famciclovir (Famvir), as well as taking warm baths and taking analgesic medications like Ibuprofen, can help alleviate the symptoms.