Valacyclovir works best if it is used within 48 hours after the first symptoms of shingles or genital herpes (e.g., pain, burning, or blisters) begin to appear. For recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes, valacyclovir works best if it is used within 24 hours after the symptoms begin to appear. If you are taking valacyclovir for the treatment of chickenpox, it is best to start taking valacyclovir as soon as possible after the first sign of the chickenpox rash appears, usually within one day. Valacyclovir may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach. If you are using the oral suspension, use a specially marked measuring spoon or other device to measure each dose accurately. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. Drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine while you are using this medicine. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus to help the body fight the infection. Valtrex is used to treat infections caused by herpes viruses, including genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. Valtrex is used to treat cold sores in children who are at least 12 years old, or chickenpox in children who are at least 2 years old. Valtrex will not cure herpes and will not prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. However, this medicine can lessen the symptoms of an infection. Valtrex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Before taking Valtrex, tell your doctor if you have HIV/AIDS, a weak immune system, kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), or if you have had a kidney or bone marrow transplant.
Valacyclovir is used to treat infections caused by certain types of viruses. In children, it is used to treat cold sores around the mouth (caused by herpes simplex) and chickenpox (caused by varicella zoster). In adults, it is used to treat shingles (caused by herpes zoster) and cold sores around the mouth. The viruses that cause these infections continue to live in the body even between outbreaks. Valacyclovir is also used to treat outbreaks of genital herpes. Valacyclovir decreases the severity and length of these outbreaks. In people with frequent outbreaks, this medication is used to reduce the number of future episodes. It helps the sores heal faster, keeps new sores from forming, and decreases pain/itching. This medication may also help reduce how long pain remains after the sores heal. Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking valacyclovir and each time you get a refill. I never had an outbreak, but last month I had a small lesion on my penis, so I have decided to take 500mg of Valtrex for suppressive therapy daily. I upped Valtrex to 1500mg a day for five days and nothing happened. I had it swabed and the doctor said it was not herpes. I also have a red rash under my genitals by the opening to the anus. I went to a doctor today and she told me that she is almost sure that I have herpes and that I should start on valtrex right away. I got it late i life (I was 30) by kissing someone who had a cold sore at the time. She also told me that I should have a test done but if I'm on Valtrex, will it affect the outcome of the test? Since I have always been paranoid, I knew it was herpes virus and got my doc to prescribe me valtrex so my body could suppress it sooner. Even though I've heard cold sores are very common it was devastating for me to know I had the virus and that it would stay with me the rest of my life. My question is that do 80% of people really have it? Plus, my dad has oral hsv 1 and so he tries to kid around with me about trying to drink my drinks or taking my food lol.
NDA 20-487/S-007 Page 2 PRESCRIBING INFORMATION VALTREX® valacyclovir hydrochloride Caplets DESCRIPTION VALTREX valacyclovir hydrochloride is the hydrochloride. I never had an outbreak, but last month I had a small lesion on my penis, so I have decided to take 500mg of Valtrex for suppressive therapy daily.