Brand Name : Valtrex Generic
Composition : VALACYCLOVIR val-ay-SYE-kloe-veer
Generic Name: Valtrex, Zelitrex
What is Valtrex (Valacyclovir)?
Generic Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is an antiviral medication, indicated for effectively controlling genital herpes and herpes zoster. It is basically a nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitor that helps in controlling as well as preventing new invasions of the herpes virus. Herpes Zoster or Shingles (as it is popularly known) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus responsible for chickenpox and is in fact, a leftover of chickenpox, which stays dormant within the body, resurfacing in the patient’s adulthood. On the other hand, genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus and is a high painful sexually transmitted disease.
How to use Valtrex and dosage?
Users can buy Generic Valtrex in tablet forms of 500mg and 1000mg strengths. Valtrex dosage depends on the ailment that it is prescribed for. In the case of shingles, the treatment is generally suggested for a week, to be taken at three doses per day at an interval of eight hours. For treating genital herpes, the doctors may suggest two-time Valtrex use, for a span of five days.
Valtrex Precautions, Interactions and Side Effects
The following precautions should be noted by users before Valtrex use:
- Disclose your allergies to any medication, especially to acyclovir, Valacyclovir or components of Valtrex medication.
- Ideally, users would be asked by the physician about all the medications, supplements, vitamins, etc. being taken and then an actual Valtrex prescription might be the determined. Specifically users should reveal if they are using probenecid or any vitamin supplements.
- Medical conditions such as hepatic or renal infections, as well as any human immune system related problems should be revealed.
Valtrex does tend to have certain side effects though the user should remember that any physician prescribes Valacyclovir only when there is an overall confidence about the Valtrex benefits being much more significant than the Valtrex risks for the particular patient. Following are some of the likely Valtrex side effects:
- Urine containing blood
- Discoloration of eyes or skin
- Skin irritation
- High temperature
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Aching head
- Feeling sick
Any abnormalities noticed after the use of Valtrex should be instantly notified to the physician and the patient should be taken to the nearest emergency health centers if the side effects are severe.
Valtrex (Valacyclovir) Overdose & Missed Dose
Whenever users miss out on taking Valacyclovir at the predetermined timing, they should take it as soon as the missed dose is realized. If the next consecutive dose is in a very short time, then users should bypass the missed dose and stick to their usual dose. Increasing the dosage amount to make up for the missed dose may prove counterproductive, and may lead to some harmful reactions especially related to the kidneys. Essential care should be taken when storing Valtrex, so that there is no likelihood of children or pets reaching it. Valtrex should not be exposed to direct sunlight, moisture or heat.