Free order review
All orders are eligible for free review by our doctor. You will get doctor’s advice for no extra charge.
Save on Shipping
Make several orders within 24 hours and pay only one low shipping price for all your orders.
Your privacy - our concern
All our orders arrive in discrete unmarked packages. We leave description blank for your privacy.
Prescribing Information for Valtrex (Valacyclovir):
What is Valtrex?
Valtrex is a medicine used to treat viral infections. It reduces the spreading of herpes and helps the organism to overcome the infection. Valtrex does not cure herpes but it is intended to soften its symptoms.
Valtrex is prescribed for treatment of diseases provoked by herpes viruses like chickenpox, shingles, genital herpes, cold sores, both in adults and children.
It can be also prescribed for treatment of cold sores in children who are not younger than 12 years old and for treatment of chickenpox in children from the age of 2.
Valtrex may also be prescribed for other uses.
What is important to know about Valtrex?
Before starting treatment with Valtrex, let your doctor know if you have a weak immune system, HIV/AIDS, kidney problems (or if you are on dialysis), or if you have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant. Valtrex may adversely affect your kidneys. Taking Valtrex with other medicines which are harmful for your kidneys will intensify this negative effect. Let your doctor know about all the medicines you are taking. Your doctor may change your doses or examine you if you are combining Valtrex with other medicines.
Start taking Valtrex at the first sign of such symptoms as burning, tingling, blisters.
The infection can be transferred from mother to her child during childbirth. Be aware that you should prevent herpes injuring while you are pregnant not to be infected at the time of childbirth.
Valtrex does not prevent extention of genital herpes; you can contaminate other people even if you are using Valtrex.
Stop using Valtrex and call your doctor promptly if you develop any serious conditions which can adversely affect red blood cells, for example: red rash on the skin (not concerned with herpes or chickenpox), fever, easy bruising or bleeding, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, pale or yellowish skin, urinating less than usual or not at all, weakness, or fainting.
You must not give Valtrex to children without prescription of a healthcare provider.
Before Taking Valtrex (Valacyclovir)Do not take this drug if you have a known allergy with Valacyclovir or Acyclovir (Zovirax). If you have some conditions or health threats that might affect your taking of this medication, you might need a dose adjustment or special laboratory tests to safely take this drug. Before taking this drug, inform your doctor if you have:
- HIV/AIDS, or other conditions that can weaken the immune system;
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
- if you have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant.
In terms of safety during Pregnancy, Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is classified under Category B which means it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn child. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are having plans of getting pregnant while in the course of treatment. It is unknown whether Valtrex is passed into the breastmilk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Never use this medication unless you have disclosed to your doctor that you are breastfeeding a baby.
Also, if you are suffering from genital herpes, it is a must that you get rid of this condition during your pregnancy so that you wouldn’t pass on the disease to your child during birth.
Also, older adults or geriatric patients may be more prone to experience the harmful side effects of this drug while taking it. Discuss this doctor about the specific risk.
How should Valtrex be used?
Follow the prescriptions of your doctor and the instructions which come with the medication carefully. Do not change your dose and do not use Valtrex for a longer period than prescribed.
Start taking Valtrex at the first sign of such symptoms as burning, tingling, blisters. Valtrex can be less effective if you do not start taking it within 1 or 2 days from the first symptoms.
Take your dose of Valtrex with a full glass of liquid. Drink enough fluids while you are using Valtrex to protect your kidneys. Shake the bottle with liquid form of the medicine (oral suspension) well before measuring a dose. Do not use a table spoon to measure the dose of liquid form of Valtrex. If you do not have a special dose-measuring cup or spoon, ask your healthcare provider where you can get it. You can take Valtrex with or without meal.
Do not stop taking Valtrex earlier than prescribed. You may feel better before you treat your disease entirely. Valtrex is not effective for treatment of viral infections like influenza or cold.
Keep injures provoked by herpes viruses clean and dry. You are recommended to wear loose clothes to protect the lesions from irritation.
Keep Valtrex drugs at room temperature protected from heat and moisture. Keep the liquid form of medication in refrigerator but do not freeze. Do not store any form of Valtrex for more than 28 days.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you take Valtrex (Valacyclovir) as a maintenance drug every day and you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
Overdose symptoms may include urinating less frequently than usual.
What should I avoid while taking Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?
Valtrex will not prevent the spread of genital herpes. Herpes infections are contagious and you can infect other people even while you are taking with Valtrex.
Avoid sexual intercourse or use a latex condom to prevent spreading the virus to others. Avoid letting infected areas come into contact with other people. Avoid touching an infected area and then touching your eyes. Wash your hands frequently to prevent passing the infection to others.
What side effects can Valrex cause?Get emergency medicine if you experience any of the following symptoms of allergic reaction: trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Valtrex and call your doctor promptly if you develop any of the following serious conditions which can be harmful for red blood cells:
- red spots on the skin (not related to herpes or chickenpox);
- weakness or fainting;
- bloody diarrhea, vomiting;
- urinating less than usual or not at all;
- yellowish or pale skin; or
- easy bruising or bleeding, fever.
- swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
- drowsiness, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;
- feeling shaky or unsteady;
- seizure (convulsions);
- problems with speech or vision;
- pain in your lower back; or
- confusion, agitation, aggression, hallucinations, trouble concentrating.
- joint pain;
- menstrual pain;
- nausea, stomach pain;
- stuffy nose, sore throat;
- headache, dizziness, tired feeling, depression; or
- mild skin rash.
Valtrex may also cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual undesirable effects.
What other drugs will affect Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?Valtrex (Valacyclovir) can be damaging to the kidneys and all the effects are increased when taken in together with other drugs that can also harm the kidneys. Before taking this drug, inform your doctor if you are also using:
- lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid);
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexal);
- pain or arthritis medicines such as aspirin (Anacin, Excedrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), diclofenac (Voltaren), etodolac (Lodine), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), indomethacin (Indocin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and others;
- medicines used to treat ulcerative colitis, such as mesalamine (Pentasa) or sulfasalazine (Azulfidine);
- medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as sirolimus (Rapamune) or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- IV antibiotics such as amphotericin B (Fungizone, AmBisome, Amphotec, Abelcet), amikacin (Amikin), bacitracin (Baci-IM), capreomycin (Capastat), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), streptomycin, or vancomycin (Vancocin, Vancoled);
- antiviral medicines such as adefovir (Hepsera), cidofovir (Vistide), or foscarnet (Foscavir); or
- cancer medicine such as aldesleukin (Proleukin), carmustine (BiCNU, Gliadel), cisplatin (Platinol), ifosfamide (Ifex), oxaliplatin (Eloxatin), plicamycin (Mithracin), streptozocin (Zanosar), or tretinoin (Vesanoid).
This is not a complete list and other drugs which may interact with Valtrex (Valacyclovir) are available in the market. Inform your doctor about all the prescription drugs you are taking, as well as OTC, vitamins, minerals, nutritional supplements and herbal products. Never start a new medication without first informing your physician about it.