Valaciclovir, also known as valacyclovir. Valaciclovir is an antiviral drug. It slows the growth and spread of the herpes virus and helps the body fight infection.
Valaciclovir is used to treat infections caused by the herpes virus, such as genital herpes, cold sores, and shingles (shingles) in adults.
Valaciclovir is used to treat cold sores in children over the age of 12 or chickenpox in children over the age of 2.
Valaciclovir comes as an oral tablet. For treatment of shingles, it is usually taken every 8 hours (3 times a day) for 7 days. For the treatment of genital herpes, it is usually taken twice a day for 5 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take valacyclovir exactly as directed. Do not take more or less, or more often than directed by your doctor.Use this medicine as soon as possible after symptoms appear.Continue taking valacyclovir even if you feel well. Do not stop taking valacyclovir without first talking to your doctor.
Common side effects are:
Serious side effects may include
- kidney problems
Considered safe for use during pregnancy. It is a prodrug that works after being converted to acyclovir in the body.
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.